W.O.O.D. – 24 November 2021


This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)

Immediate prior one here:

and remains open for threads running there (at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).

Canonical list of old ones here:


The Weekly Memes

I really really like these guy’s “top 10 memes”. They watch what is going on on Gab and Patriot.win and select the ones that they like best. A nice filtering service if nothing else; but the way they match music to the theme is also good. Unfortunately, can’t do an embed that works with my free WordPress plan (it does do free EwTube embeds… but only them, so you get to ‘Hit the link’!

22 November


10. A little kid knows more about Human Rights, Liberty, and personal choice than a school board. Mandates = Growing Resistance.

9. The Government – Protecting & Serving the shit out of you.

8. 2076 for Pfizer to tell us the truth? Or 1776 redux? Decisions decisions. Children with heart attacks, All Cause Mortality higher in the vexxinated than in the Purebloods. Just say no.

7. In German with subtitles. M.D. says vexxine is a genocide. Checks out.

6. The Kyle verdict. I was alone in my car and missed the opportunity to be in a Bar with a few hundred compatriots. But the feeling was the same.

5. Folks on the Left, watching the trial, catch up with Truth. Discover that The Media lies for “clicks”.

4. “Hold my beer” moment about the Media Libel Suits to make Kyle very rich.

3. The “heros” of The Left – not a good look for the NPCs. (NSFW as it has F-Bombs). FAFO is F- Around and Find Out.

2. BLM ironically kills Black People. Go figure… “Kyle’s Law” looks to be a way to strike back at Government Gun Persecution.

1. Reading of the whole verdict. What I missed only hearing it on the radio was his slow dawning of Getting His Life Back. Realizing that there can still be Justice in The USA. Just a joy to watch. Unfortunately “The Left” can’t accept The Truth, so lashes out in anger. Maybe there is “No common ground”. Maybe it is time for The French Haircut. Authoritarian Leftism is a mental disorder, treat it accordingly.

15 November


10. Pushback begins in EU Parliament over Vexxine contracts & demands. The fight for liberty begins.

9. 2 Years to flatten your life… er, um, “the curve”. Mandates will continue until morale improves. Obedience is the “new liberty”…

8. Footballers dropping like flies from post vexxine heart attacks.

7. Biden bumbles on Negro. Is it now an “N-word” too?

6. Durham actually doing something now. Nice bit on how Dimocrats follow the “Rules For Radicals” of accusing your opponent of what you do.

5. “Selling” the vexxine to children with puppets (of all sorts)…

4. Trucker takes down a Major Dim in New Jersey. There is hope.

3. The Kyle street cleaning… Some on The Left actually noticed that the guys shot were WHITE street thugs and the business being protected was owned by POC. Oh, and that The Media lied about it all.

2. When your “Star Witness” says under oath he was shot for pointing a loaded gun at Kyle. When another says “yes, you did ask me to change my testimony”.

1. Kyle on the stand, having a “moment”. Maybe he needs a few $Million for his trauma of being hunted by a pack that night.

1 November


10. LGB! A new meaning…

9. Dimocrats Fake Racists – Recruiting a Black Guy as “white nationalist”… The stupid is strong in them…

8. META: Make Everything Trump Again! How to dis Faceplant in their name change…

7. How you treat dogs is how you treat people. Fauxi and the Beagles vs Trump. Would you trust a man who tortured dogs to say whats best for your kids?

6. Ray Epps – One of the Fed Instigators of 6-Jan?

5. Poopy Joe & Popey Show… “Well, it Depends…”

4. The most orderly and polite “Insurrection Show” ever?

3. In Drag lap dancers in school. Grade School kids visit gay bars. Thought you needed to be 21 to go to a bar, gay or otherwise.

2. Children & Myocarditis. 5 year timer to 1/2 of them dead.

1. FDA Approves of killing children, slowly…

Some News Bits

Seems Biden is handing multiple $Hundred Thousand Dollars to illegal immigrants.



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306 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 24 November 2021

  1. YMMV says:

    Today’s factoid from Wiki.

    Omicron /ˈɒmɪkrɒn, oʊˈmaɪkrɒn/[1] (uppercase Ο, lowercase ο, literally ‘small o’: όμικρον < ὂ μικρόν – ò mikrón, micron meaning 'small' in contrast to omega) is the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet. In the system of Greek numerals it has a value of 70. This letter is derived from the Phoenician letter ayin Phoenician ayin.svg. In classical Greek, omicron represented the sound [o] in contrast to omega [ɔː] and ου [oː]. In modern Greek, omicron represents the mid back rounded vowel /o̞/ , the same sound as omega. Letters that arose from omicron include Roman O and Cyrillic O.

    (omicron is the new delta)

  2. another ian says:

    “Vaccine risk? Blood markers suggest an increased risk of heart attacks”


  3. another ian says:

    “U.S. Announces New Travel Restrictions as Scientists Give New COVID Variant The Name Omicron – A Strategic New Variant Introduced to Help Offset Global Inflation
    November 26, 2021 | Sundance | 7 Comments”


  4. another ian says:

    “Very Interesting DOJ Inspector General Finding, CRS Officials Recently Gave Applicants Access to Main Justice Database
    November 26, 2021 | Sundance | 47 Comments”


  5. another ian says:

    FWIW – weekend reading

    Check the chook rotisserie towards the end – E.M. could build one for his retirement acreage



    “Good point!”


  6. philjourdan says:

    Notice something missing from your list? Yep! The week of 11/8! That is how bad I am hooked on those memes! I check every Monday. And then tuesday, Wednesday, etc. if they do not post.

    They are solid gold!

  7. another ian says:

    Omicron – in this instance more correctly

    “O MY Cron”

    “Cron ” being “The cron command-line utility, also known as cron job[1][2] is a job scheduler on Unix-like operating systems. Users who set up and maintain software environments use cron to schedule jobs[3] (commands or shell scripts) to run periodically at fixed times, dates, or intervals.[4] It typically automates system maintenance or administration—though its general-purpose nature makes it useful for things like downloading files from the Internet and downloading email at regular intervals”

    And we seemed to be waiting for the next instance


  8. another ian says:

    And now!

    Seems there are some bloody good crystal balls around!

    “Novavax Developing Vaccine Against Variant That Appeared 72 Hours Ago – Will Be Ready in Two Weeks, Already in Emergency Use Trials in Indonesia and Phillipines
    November 26, 2021 | Sundance | 72 Comments”


  9. another ian says:

    “Yet another variant of COVID-19?”

    “So we have yet another variant of COVID-19 to worry about. Why am I not surprised? And why am I even less surprised by the SHOCK! PANIC! HORROR! reaction of the authorities? They’ll use this new variant to pursue even more of the same VACCINATE! ISOLATE! SUBMIT! OBEY! DON’T THINK FOR YOURSELF! shtick that they’ve been foisting on us since the pandemic began. I’m sure we’ll see the rushed development of yet another booster for the vaccine, which we’ll all be pressured to take – despite the known and very serious health risks associated with the present vaccines.”

    More at


  10. another ian says:


    “One Argentinian researcher believes she knows the answer.

    Dr. Chinda Brandolino is a healthcare professional who specializes in lymphology, phlebology, and occupational medicine. As more patients became immunized, she grew increasingly disturbed. An alarming number suffered severe and debilitating complications.

    While observing these troubling afflictions, the physician began to study messenger ribonucleic acid and its effects on genetics. A diligent investigation led her to a specific case from 2013. In the Supreme Court ruling of Association of Molecular Pathology versus Myriad LLC, lawmakers declared human genomes altered by mRNA vaccines can be patented.”

    If the RNA gets translated into your DNA, then the vaccine company owns you.. and your children.. and their children.. and their childr”


  11. This is a disturbing essay from a respected UK slightly right of centre commentator.


    From where we are looking from the UK , America sees to be in precipitate decline and riven by conflict in many of its major cities fueled by BLM and the retreat of the police. Biden ran from Afghanistan without telling his allies and ceded the field to a bunch of medieval maniacs.

    In the meantime, hundreds of thousands of migrants flow across the very porous borders of the US seemingly encouraged by Biden.

    Biden is obsessed by the climate and is throwing trillions of dollars at it that the country doesn’t have, when looking at the US debt clock. Does debt not matter any more?

    With American power in decline and the left seemingly so woke they wouldn’t fight anyone anyway, is the worlds policeman -after three centuries of Anglo/ US hegemony-now to be handed over to China? If so that bodes very badly for democracy.

    Can the US recover?. Does it have the will or resources to do so? Will the American Heartlands actually break away and leave woke urban areas to the left?

    The West generally is in a poor shape and needs an inspirational level headed leader. It is a shame that at this critical moment we surely have the poorest US President and vice president in recent history?

  12. Ossqss says:

    Quite a good overview of the situation in place. Think about it.


  13. H.R. says:

    another ian says: 27 November 2021 at 5:13 am (Link just a few comments above)

    I’m wondering how the Omicron variant will affect Florida’s numbers? If Sweden’s “Let Nature take its course” response is any indicator, the large number of naturally immune people in Florida will probably make this just a small blip on Florida’s Covid radar.

    But so many ‘vaccinated’ Blue State refugees have moved to Florida that I think the blip will be larger than necessary, had all States just let the virus run its course.

    I’ll continue with my Ivermectin, though I’ll be getting a lot more of good ol’ natural vitamin D3 in Florida.

  14. Ossqss says:

    Here is a Florida radar snapshot HR. Gotta click for graph if it doesn’t display.


  15. YMMV says:

    omicron. Questions were asked … why did WHO skip the greek letters nu and xi?
    source: https://www.rt.com/news/541479-who-nu-xi-omicron-covid/

  16. YMMV says:

    “Santa is gay. But you knew that already, right? How could he not be in this, the modern era, the age of woke?”

    This coming out is in a TV ad for the Norwegian postal service.
    source: https://www.rt.com/op-ed/541321-santa-claus-tv-lgbt/
    link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDLumk_rQQw

    It seems that Posten Norway has a history of being edgy:

    Posten has a history of mixing things up a little with its Christmas ads. A couple of years ago, its festive offering caused a bit of a storm for suggesting that Jesus’s mother the Virgin Mary wasn’t, well, a virgin after all. She’d had a fling with a Holy Land postman.

    But I liked last year’s better, to be honest. That one had Santa as an unhinged version of Donald Trump trying to make Christmas great again.

  17. another ian says:

    “The Bill Gates Foundation is a $300 million dollar media Octopus”


  18. another ian says:



    “Only Two Things Are Infinite….”


    “Contemplate these facts:

    This “variant” has been found all over the world already. Therefore its already everywhere. Locking down travel after it is already in your nation is stupid and does nothing. The variant is either going to become dominant or it will not. You cannot alter that course once it gets to you — and no matter where you are it already has.

    The vaccines clearly do not work. International travel has been vaccinated-only everywhere for quite some time. So the person(s) who brought the virus into your nation with this “variant” were vaccinated. ”

    More at https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=244342

  19. another ian says:

    “Dr. Lawrie asked Hill to explain his U-turn on ivermectin, which his own analysis found overwhelmingly effective. “How can you do this?” she inquired politely. “You are causing irreparable harm.”

    Hill explained that he was in a “tricky situation,” because his sponsors had put pressure on him. Hill is a University of Liverpool virologist who serves as an advisor to Bill Gates and the Clinton Foundation. “ ”

    “Saturday Books & Snippet: The lies of Dr Fauci and the medical-pharmaceutical complex”


  20. YMMV says:

    another ian: “Only Two Things Are Infinite….”

    I’ve never checked to see if this is one of the things Einstein really did say (because I don’t really care). It’s good enough for government work.

    The other quote is “There are two kinds of people: evil and stupid”. That could be improved because it needs to allow for some exceptions. And sometimes stupid is the same as gullible. In any case, they work well together, the liars and the believers of liars.

    But getting back to omicron. The linked article is good. I would add to it that panic is often about what could happen, in some parallel universe. Is there a name for the fear of imaginary things. The Bogeyman? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogeyman).

    So far there are only a very few cases of this variant, and no reported cases of any bad effects from it that I have heard about. It’s too soon to panic, and too soon to hope too, but the hope is this:

    What the world needs now is a variant that is super-extremely transmissible but without any bad effects. Then everybody gets it and soon. Then everybody is immune. Then it is over. (not my idea, but I like it).

  21. beththeserf says:

    Omicron an anagram of moronic. Here’s Lubos Motl’s take on the South African Covid 19 variant…


  22. another ian says:

    “Then it is over. (not my idea, but I like it).”
    “Big Harma” won’t

  23. another ian says:

    ““Move over Jesus”

    “With this in mind, may we propose the following name for this religion: Wokeinanity

    Where Christianity has Jesus as the Son of God, Wokeinanity has George Floyd. Here’s a new prayer you may hear them reciting in public soon:

    Our Floyd, who art in heaven,
    Hallowed be Thy name.
    Thy Kangdom come,
    Thy will be done on earth,
    as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily Fentanyl.
    And forgive us our knee presses
    as we forgive those who press knees against us,
    And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil police.
    For Thine is the kangdom, the power,
    and the glory, for ever, and ever.
    Amen and Awomen.”


  24. another ian says:

    Seems to fit here

  25. jim2 says:

    Corona virus have caused cold-like illnesses for eons. Those are all similar in some respects to the new one. Almost everyone should have been exposed to multiple CVs before. I wonder why there isn’t more immunity. After all, immunity is a response to PARTS of the virus, not the entire thing, just the pieces remaining after the body chops them up. 19 will have some pieces in common.

  26. YMMV says:

    jim2: “I wonder why there isn’t more immunity.”

    Good question. People keep getting colds (although I could not tell you that they keep getting CV colds or not). On the other hand …

    Who can say that there is not some immunity from having had colds before? Despite the panic hype about how contagious Covid is, a typical Covid spreader only spreads it to a few others, out of the many people a typical person interacts with every day. And even though Covid has been around for a while and could have exponential growth, the proportion of the population which has had Covid is still remarkably low. I don’t know that number; is it secret? The other known fact is that Covid mostly picks on the sick, the ones with poor immune systems.

    So the question is really how much natural immunity is there? (from having Covid or some other CV)

  27. E.M.Smith says:


    Many (most?) folks were immune. See the Petri dish of Princess cruise boat and hospital staff.

    Then the vexxination converts them to focus on the highly mutable spike protein and Orginal Antigenic Sin (or really vexxination antigenic sin, VAS?) causes post ‘Vax Campaign’ cases to soar among the vexxinated at about 6 months in.

    RNA Viruses are highly prone to mutating, thus the annual return of the common cold (but not everyone gets one every year. Depends a lot on Vit-D, Zinc, and other nutrient status along with general health). It just changes faster than some folks can catch up.

    This virus mutation problem is made MUCH worse by vaccinating during a pandemic, as it selects for MORE virulent and MORE aggressive strains; while natural immunity selects for less aggressive and less damaging strains eventually leading it to be just a “common cold”. What is being done is “Exactly Wrong”.

  28. Paul, Somerset says:

    How much more immunity could there possibly be? The median age of death with this virus is 83 in the UK – two years more than the median age of death from all causes! Any more immunity, and you’re talking immortality.

    Maybe you’re confusing lack of immunity with old age and poor health.

  29. Paul, Somerset says:

    ^^ To jim2

  30. another ian says:


    “Connecting Two Disparate Dots”

    “Then a very different topic ran across my mind and I said, “I’m now going to explain the #1 reason I’m skeptical of the Covid jabs but will come at it from a completely different angle. See if you can connect the dots before I explain.” Shortly afterwards, this video appeared on my YouTube feed and Carl Benjamin parallels what I said very closely:’

    More at


  31. another ian says:


    “Jordan Schachtel- There is no such thing as a public health expert”



    “Dr Yusef Smith- I just quit being a doctor for the NHS. Here are 12 reflections:”


  32. Kneel says:

    “Reading of the whole [Rittenhouse] verdict.”

    There’s a 6 and a half minute or so clip on the Fox ewetube page.
    Watch it after the 6 minute mark.
    There is some unheard question from the defense, then the judge says “Your motion is granted, all charges are dismissed with prejudice and the defendant is released from his bond”.
    No-one seems to really care about this, instead focusing on the jury verdict.
    But it seems the case was officially dismissed with prejudice (can’t be re-tried) on all charges.
    I guess that doesn’t suit the MSM narrative.

  33. E.M.Smith says:


    The jury gives the verdict, the Judge then passes sentence or issues judgement. What this says to me is the Judge was peeved at the prosecutorial misconduct and malicious persecution… So put some icing on the verdict with a granting of the “prejudice” motion to dampen some of that prosecutorial urge to misconduct and persecution…

  34. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    I guess dark brown on light brown in blowing dust was not enough for the machine vision to know what it was. Wonder if they ever trained it on Camels? Or deer, or moose, or…

  35. another ian says:


    “A discussion you won’t see on the CBC

    Grab a coffee and take the time to listen to this group of experts engaging in the kind of open discussion that we desperately need to have today. Geert Vanden Bossche is one of the participants. The most common observation is that today’s mass vaccination program is completely ignoring the role that innate immunity needs to play in the fight against Covid.

    “…it worries me that these leaky, incomplete, sub-optimal vaccines are immunotherapy of an unknown kind of consequence…”


  36. Compu Gator says:

    I was alerted to the m.s.m. article below, by a senior denizen of a completely different Web site. It’s not biiig deeeal because of any revelations that I noticed, but because Newsweek, a long-established member of the print-m.s.m., dared to publish it at all.

    I’ve now elided the article’s text here & there, especially in the bulleted section, to make this comment merely a teaser, not an overt copyright violation for our gracious host. Readers should want to read the entire article; some readers might welcome its numerous nonmundane links, for nailing down the whirlwind history of response to the Wuhan-Hubei-Red-China virus [×].

    How Fauci Fooled America [·] Opinion
    Martin Kulldorff and Jay Bhattacharya [⚕]
    Newsweek On 11/1/21 at 9:30 AM EDT [*]

    When the pandemic hit, America needed someone to turn to for advice. The media and public naturally looked to Dr. Anthony Fauci—the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, an esteemed laboratory immunologist and one of President Donald Trump’s chosen COVID advisers. Unfortunately, Dr. Fauci got major epidemiology and public health questions wrong. Reality and scientific studies have now caught up with him.
    Here are the key issues:
    ⟨•⟩ Natural immunity. [….]
    ⟨•⟩ Protecting the elderly. [….]
    ⟨•⟩ School closures. [….]
    ⟨•⟩ Masks.Newsweek [….]
    ⟨•⟩ Contact tracing. [….]
    ⟨•⟩ Collateral public health damage. [….]
    ⟨•⟩ [….]

    In private conversations, most of our scientific colleagues agree with us on these points. While a few have spoken up, why are not more doing so? [….]

    Note ⚕ :  Newsweek wrote:

    Martin Kulldorff, Ph.D., is an epidemiologist, biostatistician, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
    Jay Bhattacharya, MD, Ph.D., is a Professor of Health Policy at Stanford University School of Medicine.
    Both are Senior Scholars at the newly formed Brownstone Institute.
    The views expressed in this article are the writers’ own.

    Note * :  Martin Kulldorff and Jay Bhattacharya [⚕]: Newsweek, 11/1/21 9:30 AM EDT.  https://www.newsweek.com/how-fauci-fooled-america-opinion-16438395.

    Note × :  I don’t give a daaay-yam how much the CCP-dominated WHO objects to my potentially “causing offense to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional, and ethnic groups” [××], i.e., toward our foolishly elevated “most-favored nation”  “trading partner” in identifying the pathogen as the “Wuhan-Hubei-Red-China virus”.

    Note ×× :  “WHO pressed to explain ‘skipping’ Nu & Xi Covid strains”.
    RT “Autonomous Nonprofit Organization ‘TV-Novosti’” [☭], 26 Nov, 2021 23:02.  https://www.rt.com/news/541479-who-nu-xi-omicron-covid/.

    Note ☭ :  (Ahem! ) “RT is an autonomous, non-profit organization that is publicly financed from the budget of the Russian Federation.”  https://www.rt.com/about-us/.

  37. YMMV says:

    “WHO pressed to explain ‘skipping’ Nu & Xi Covid strains”

    You want fries with that?

  38. another ian says:


    “NIH Director Cannot Explain Why Florida Has Lowest COVID Infection Rate in Nation, Apparently The Result Defies The Acceptable Science
    November 28, 2021 | Sundance | 143 Comments”


  39. jim2 says:

    The push for “climate change” action has reached a fever pitch of late. It does not bode well for us.

    “No meaningful public participation is needed, yet the seismic survey will have an impact on marine life and subsequently could impact the lives and livelihoods of the fisher communities who depend on the ocean’s resources. How can our government allow a corporation to do this without any accountability?” McDaid added.

    “It is also quite appropriate that today (November 21) is World Fisheries Day because we have a strong message for the Shell Corporation: Stop messing up our planet!”

    “By causing harm to the ocean, the knock-on effect is that the livelihoods of our small-scale fishing communities could be affected. The time has come to completely change your business model because fossil fuels are the past and only enriching a few, while climate change is real and harming nature as well as the thousands of people who depend on a healthy environment for their livelihoods,” she claimed.

    Green Connection added that it was particularly concerned about the timing of the survey since it is scheduled to take place during the migration season for hump-backed whales and could also endanger juvenile turtles coming down the coast in the Agulhas current.

    It is worth noting that Shell’s own 2013 EMPr states that that the company should try to “avoid surveying during December when humpback whales may still be moving through the area on their return migrations.”

    Regardless of that, Shell hired Shearwater Geoservices to carry out the 3D seismic survey within its Transkei Exploration Area from December 1, 2021, using the Amazon Warrior seismic vessel. Following the survey, Shell will assess the area for potential exploratory drilling.

    “It is ludicrous, with all the credible information and the scientific evidence, that anyone can still claim that any kind of oil and gas drilling is in any way good for the planet. And if we don’t need any oil and gas drilling, then we don’t need to look for more oil and gas, and so we don’t need any more seismic surveys.”

    “This is a time for these corporations to shift from being fossil fools to working with the people to move forward to a just transition to renewable energy sources,” McDaid concluded.


  40. H.R. says:

    Speaking of Florida, we landed safely in the Free State of Florida yesterday. We’ll (possibly!) be leaving for home on May 1st next year.

    Towing the 5th Wheel was great! Any sway was minimal, if any. I only noticed a tiny bit of movement a couple of times. The travel trailer would move 2++ feet sometimes when wind hit the trailer and would move up to 2 feet when a semi-truck passed us. I put in a lot of white-knuckle miles with that rig.

    I have to fill up the truck later today. That’s when I can do my final mpg calculations for towing. Indications are that I was getting about 9.5+ mpg in the mountains and 10 or 11 mpg in the flatter portion of Georgia. Then Florida, of course is pretty much all flat. Well, in the Northern part of the State, it has some low, rolling terrain.

    My calculation may still be a little off because we were stuck in slow-and-go and stop-and-go traffic for about 50 miles. It took over 2 hours to go that distance. I was burning fuel and getting virtually zero mpg.

    Sometime in the next couple of months, we’ll have to hold a Chiefio’s Blog Gala and Dodgy Proceedings event here in Florida. Due to the GEB-planned weird and convoluted times, I’m guessing that there are a few more denizens of this blog in Florida than were here in years past.

  41. jim2 says:

    This may be the variant that will end the pandemic. We will see.

    So far, she’s had two dozen patients who tested positive and showed symptoms of the new variant, mostly young men. About half of the patients were unvaccinated, she said. None of those infected lost their sense of smell or taste.
    Dr. Angelique CoetzeeDr. Angelique Coetzee sounded the alarm on the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in South Africa. SAMA

    “It presents mild disease with symptoms being sore muscles and tiredness for a day or two not feeling well,” Coetzee told the paper. “So far, we have detected that those infected do not suffer the loss of taste or smell. They might have a slight cough. There are no prominent symptoms. Of those infected some are currently being treated at home.”


  42. Pinroot says:

    Re Omicron: The next letter in the Greek alphabet was Xi. Wonder why they skipped over it? :)
    Also “Omicron” is an anagram for “moronic”.

  43. jim2 says:

    Given the information in the video, Thanksgiving may turn out to be a super spreader event. The second doctor mentioned in the video painted a darker picture of O, saying it induces moderate to severe symptoms in younger people. So, the initial optimism may not be warranted. We will see.

  44. Pinroot says:

    Interesting article on Omicron. Makes the case that this variant may set off ADE responses in the already vaxxed.


  45. H.R. says:

    jim2 posted this excerpt from an article: “It is ludicrous, with all the credible information and the scientific evidence, that anyone can still claim that any kind of oil and gas drilling is in any way good for the planet. […]”

    The planet doesn’t care. There is no evidence that the Earth is sentient.

    That said, the seismic survey most likely will mess with marine life in the area. What I don’t know is if dozens of square miles will have dead fish floating on top and a bunch of deaf whales swimming away from the area. I don’t think the damage to marine life will be that great.

  46. E.M.Smith says:


    Large sections can be copied “for educational purposes” without risk. Also for “Critque” and “Political discussion” purposes, though a bit less absolute.

    (I.e. you can’t copy the front page of the NTY, say “I do not agree” and be done…)


    I get the skipping of Xi, but why Nu? Maybe because saying “Nu Variant” sounds like “New Variant”?

    @Another Ian:

    Maybe because everyone has natural immunity following a bit of natural exposure…

    FWIW, I’m suspecting I may now have natural immunity following all my exposures while using IVM. A few times now I’ve been a bit “late” in treating for the weekly prophylaxis and been around a bunch of strangers all while nothing happens. Not even the brief twitchy nose from prior such.

    Thinking about it, the virus will have been inside me at some time. May even have tried to replicate a bit. I’ll also have been exposed to a lot of environmental “virus parts” shed by various folks over the last couple of years. (First cases in China were showing up in Intel Reports in “late 2018″… per one reference I’ve seen. Didn’t have a name yet but “something” was going around and the US Intel machine saw it.) Given my tendency to develop immune responses (“allergies”) to just about anything foreign after enough time… No, I’m not going to “find out” deliberately. Not until the IVM runs out in a couple of years and I find I can’t buy a new gallon OTC ;-)

    I was in 3 different bars in Florida a year ago. Nobody masked. Very large crowds in 2 of them. Having “food and drink” so lots of oral route available. Can’t see how I would have NOT been exposed… I just “lived a normal life” crossing the USA 2 x by car (so far). Many stops for on the road supplies at Walmart (and similar) with thousands of unmasked folks in a dozen States (likely more, one trip was via northern route including Wyoming to Chicago then down to Florida through the Heartland, and another was via southern and then up the East Coast. Only missed a couple of States…). Lunch INSIDE a Subway sandwich shop with a wall to wall crowd at lunchtime buying sandwiches. Ditto a few other stores. Nobody gave a damn.


    I believe that as of now all of the “Big Three” auto makers (FORD, GM, and the folks who own Fiat & Chrysler and some other names… Stellantis?) along with VW (I think) have announced they are only going to sell E-Cars from about 2024 onward. Mercedes-Benz have said they have “designed their last gas motor” but not said they won’t keep selling it…

    I suspect this is the result of political pressure and not “best car design” considerations…

    This is part of why I picked up a Diesel for my Tow Vehicle. They can run on more fuels. I also expect that large trucks and standby generators will be the last thing to be replaced, so Diesel will stay around longer. Similarly Jet-A and related kerosenes. The CDI (common rail) system is more sensitive to “funny fuels” and a viscosity sensor will usually shut them down on too viscous or thin a fuel (meaning running straight cooking oil likely will not work, and very light kerosene may set it off too), but there are ways to fix that. (I’ve made bio-diesel in my kitchen in quart batches – 90% food oil / fat, 19% methanol or ethanol, 1% lye as a catalyst. Shake or stir at warm room temperature or at about 120 F if using ethanol. Next day decant biodiesel from the lye and glycerin layers. Yes, that simple. You can now “wash and dry” it if desired. For thin kerosene, add a quart of motor oil per 10 gallons or so)

    Given the average vehicle lifetime is about 12 years now in the USA, that says about 2036 that last crop will be fading away in the Rust Belt (Southwest & California not so much…) and oil consumption dropping low enough gasoline deliveries there will likely not be profitable. (Unless, of course, a “Winning” 2024 and the whole thing gets tossed out…)

    As I tend to keep cars for 30+ years, I need to be prepared for that circumstance. My 240 D will be the last car standing as it can run on just about any plausible flammable oil. I ran a similar Bosch indirect injection system on a mix of Crisco Shortening and Kerosene K1 to thin it out… as an extreme test. My similar 300TD loved kerosene and “lamp oil”. Expensive to run lamp oil, but available at hardware stores… Both also were fine with 50% Vegetable Oil or VO cut with cheap gasoline (white gas or stoddard solvent best). Don’t try that in CDI or TDI engines though, nor in the Cummins family. Those with “rotary injection pumps” instead of inline need more care on the lubricity side. ALWAYS add motor oil to light fuels like Kerosene in them.

    So I now have 2 “Forever cars” with broad fuel acceptance (to insanely broad fuel acceptance ;-). I’ll be looking to slowly replace all my remaining gasoline cars with only “Diesel things” and preferably very old school ones over the coming years. Nothing newer than onset of Blue Goo in about 2007/8 and preferably pre-computer controlled Common Rail type injection (though with exceptions if necessary). I’ll be comfortable when that number is “3 or more” such vehicles.

    Though most likely the present fleet of 2 is sufficient to get me through my remaining driving years. I’m hoping to avoid the need for a “Travel Trailer” and once in Florida get an honest Diesel Pusher. Add a nice older 12 valve RAM Pickup for carting around barrels of Jet-A and / or Vegetable Oil and I’m set for anything ;-) But maybe that’s a bit over the top ;-)


    Yeah, looking for fuels is going to ramp down with the demise of gasoline driven cars. It’s a political leveraged attack on the American fuel industry. Will the planet care? Not at all. Will it damage the planet to look? A value judgement based on assumptions. Oil Seeps on the ocean bottom have been around so long whole communities of life have evolved to eat it and live on it.

    I’m currently looking at a possible trip out between about Dec 9 and Dec 20. It’s a “maybe” as I’ve had a “roof to be put on next week” for about a month now and still nothing. So “in theory” I’m free to move about the country and find a Florida Home the second week of December, but… Then I must be back by the 20th. We’ll see.

    Failing that it will be in January “sometime”, though the spouse will be doing orthopedic rehab by then and with unknown needs.

    Maybe I’ll just fly out and find a house, forget moving the first load of “stuff” by road trip that week…

    Yeah, 5th Wheel towing is great! Pivot point over the rear axle or a bit forward means nearly no torque on your tow vehicle when the wind hits. Over about 25 to 30 foot long a regular hitch trailer starts to drive the tow car… IMHO and mostly from watching other things on the road be blown about…

    Um, all of Florida is flat. The “High Point” is at Citrus Tower near Clermont at about 200 ft elevation. Everything else is lower and takes 50 to 100’s of miles to get up to that 200-ish foot point… Can’t get much flatter. Yeah, some “up and down” ripples on the I-75 run down, but for every up you got a down and none of them more than a couple of hundred feet or they would be the “high point”…

    I think you will find the Diesel is a great choice for towing ;-)


    That sounds like a variant worth getting! Basically it is mutated to approach the Common Cold.

    IFF the “kids” are more likely to get it, but the symptoms are common cold like, that’s still not bad. Basically “more than no symptoms at all” that they had before is still almost nothing. The weasel wording of “worse” or “more” without an absolute magnitude qualifier is suspicious.


    Yeah, we’ll see how the vexxinated fare. My Florida Friend and his Son were both vexxinated with the Pfizer Jab (IIRC) and then he got the Delta Variant a few months back. He got it from 2 family members he was visiting out of State, both also vexxinated.

    I find it almost funny that the folks who took the jab are busy sharing “variants” while me and my Spouse have had NOTHING for 2 years. Despite “casual at best” isolation in California and my “road trips around the nation” 2 times. I think we have a pattern for vexxination vs ivermectin…

    But yeah, we’ll find out if the Vexxinated are on a perpetual jab treadmill and we’ll find out if the Purebloods are “one and done” with it, too.

  47. YMMV says:

    jim2: “Thanksgiving may turn out to be a super spreader event.”

    Something to be thankful for. I mean, if the hope is right, that omicron is a gift from the angels.

    A very good 4 minute summary of omicron details, from Dr. Hong:
    link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90SdETTzsxU

    And a 10 minute one from Dr. Been.
    He points out that omicron does not have anosmia, loss of smell, as a symptom,
    Meaning it does not attack the olfactory epithelium cells. (and hopefully, does not attack other epithelium cells)
    link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLS97dpf5Yo
    “Omicron – Different Symptoms”

    The virus was discovered because the doctor tested a patient “who had a cold”. In other words, most of the people who have this variant do not even suspect it. Which means it could have been all over the world some time ago. And it also points to this variant being very mild. All the news reports so far is about a few cases, nothing dire.

    @another ian: A discussion you won’t see on the CBC
    The linked article links to this video:
    link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0ad28_arr0&t=3842s
    Note the starting time given is 1 hour and 4 minutes in to a 1 hour and 45 minute video.
    I have not found time to watch the whole thing yet, but that starting point is good.
    Dr Abeles says the optimal solution would be nasal live attenuated virus given largely to a vulnerable population. There is some debate about that. He continues, have helicopters going all around spraying ordinary cold (corona) viruses and give it to everybody, Over specific vaccines wouldn’t do anything and would make things worse. Another comment, said tongue in cheek, would be to infect everyone with a rhinovirus, and that would protect them because a rhinovirus induces interferon, which is a magic protective bubble around the cells that will prevent virus from infecting. They ask, do we even need a vaccine for a disease that has such a low case fatality rate? They say a vaccine is used as a therapy, a lousy therapy, with an effect for three months.

    I will have to watch this whole thing. It’s a zoom meeting, so it is structurally haphazard. Experts thinking out loud. At least they actually are experts and not journalists.

  48. another ian says:

    “Military, justice, FBI — half the country has lost faith in pillars of US civilization”


    I guess you could also say that a sizeable chunk of the rest has also but for different reasons

    And more on things like “informer payments” at


  49. another ian says:

    “Omicron — Probably has been circulating and developing in Africa for months”


  50. YMMV says:

    @another ian, the last table in that link, which compares mutations between the various variants, is interesting because omicron isn’t that similar to any of the other variants shown.

    And isn’t it wonderful that your Apple watch can do what your local doctor probably can’t:
    “Real-time alerting system for COVID-19 and other stress events using wearable data”

    I am not picking on the doctors. The claim is that your watch can tell that you have Covid before you even suspect it.

    It detects COVID-19 at or before symptoms in approximately 80% of the symptomatic cases and even identifies asymptomatic cases

  51. another ian says:

    “Education in California: the latest field for financial fraud?”


  52. AC Osborn says:

    jim2 says: 29 November 2021 at 1:44 pm

    Of those infected some are currently being treated at home.”

    I wonder what they are being treated with?

  53. E.M.Smith says:

    @AC Osborn:

    I think it is called “watchful waiting”… I.e. patience and seeing if / when they get sick enough to need a hospital bill… /snark;

  54. E.M.Smith says:

    A small suggestion…

    Since all of the “Main Stream Media” are owned by $Billionaires (either individuals or $Billionaire corporations) are they not more accurately named “The $Billionaire Media”?

    Or $BM for short… ;-) if somewhat smelly…

  55. another ian says:

    From a comment at


    “The Bribem Maladministration”

  56. jim2 says:

    BSFN$BM. BS Fake News …

  57. another ian says:


    “Three Jabs And….”


  58. another ian says:

    More on that

    “How our elections were – and are – stolen”


  59. cdquarles says:

    When certain folk who want you to forget history, remind them that if Trump had won by Brandon’s margin, just who would be calling for resistance? Yeah, some the folk that want to say Jan 6 was an insurrection. Another good question to ask them is “Why didn’t you ask for forensic audits in previous contested elections and why do you not want them now?”, yeah rhetorical.

  60. YMMV says:

    Double standards, memory holes, censorship, speak no ill of the illustrious leader …
    It’s pretty bad, but could it get worse? It can always get worse.

    “Slavoj Žižek: The lessons we can learn from China’s silence on a ‘missing’ tennis player”

    The story has been well documented in the media. On 2 November, Peng Shuai, a leading Chinese tennis player, posted a lengthy message on her Weibo account, accusing Zhang Gaoli, a former senior Chinese vice premier and high-ranking member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), of sexual assault.

    The posted message and the person who posted it have both disappeared. Much like the doctor who first told the world about Covid in China.

    It “highlights a weird feature of communist regimes: Obsession with appearances which have to be maintained whatever the cost. ”

    This regime of appearances was first fully established in Stalinism, and we all know how absolutely crucial they were then. The Stalinist regime reacted with total panic whenever there was a threat that appearances would be disturbed.

    In this order of appearances, prohibitions themselves are prohibited. In Stalin’s time, it was not only prohibited to criticize Stalin, it was also prohibited to publicly announce this prohibition.

    (the jpg is from a Simpson’s episode that Disney+ is self-censoring in Hong Kong)

  61. another ian says:

    Pillar of wisdom pilloried

  62. another ian says:

    not Fauci but another God defied

    “Widespread Manhunt Underway For Three Men, Possibly Aborigines, Who Escaped Australian Involuntary Quarantine Camp – Video
    November 30, 2021 | Sundance | 144 Comments”


  63. another ian says:

    In honour of the WW2 German “escape proof POW camp” we could christen Howard Springs “Colditz Castle”

  64. David A says:

    Why was this chemist killed?
    Do his assertions make sense?

  65. H.R. says:

    @Ossqss – Obviously, someone at Merck forgot to pay 10 people. I’m sure they were fired immediately.

    P.S. I’m still getting set up here. The old rig only took a day, since we had everything and everything mostly in its place. The new rig is like moving into a new house. I’ll give you a shout at the end of the week.

    P.P.S. – The Buckeyes came through just before we left. I thought I’d come down emptyhanded this year, but the Ossqss household is in luck. Maybe this year you’ll find a successful hiding place for them.

  66. E.M.Smith says:

    @David A:

    The assertions make SOME sense, but have at least one “glaring error”. His assertion that graphine oxide never biologically degrades. He knows chemistry, but not biology, and suffers from the common German Disease of hubris and love of the “perfect”. i.e. jumps to Absolutes, when nature is often messy and incremental…

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32254085/ points to:


    Biological interactions of carbon-based nanomaterials: From coronation to degradation

    Which includes this image of the enzymatic degradation process:

    So, OK, it likely does act as he describes when injected into a blood vein, and this would explain why the coronary impacts and other blood related deaths are happening (and point to “aspiration” prior to injection as a vital thing to do). I think it does confirm that thesis. But it is also possible that injected into a muscle the damage done is localized to muscle cells and it acts as a powerful adjuvent for vaccine immunity.

    Personally, I don’t like the idea of having ANY immune antagonizing alien material injected into my blood past the natural skin barrier, but that’s just me and my trust of natures “design”…

    So I think he’s likely about 3/4 right on the effects and mechanism, but missed the point about “in the vein only” (or predominantly?) and is over stating the scope of damage on a population level. Still horrible, but 1:10 to 1:1000 is less than 1:1 which he seems to be claiming.

    Still unknown: IS there really significant G.O. in the vaccines, and which ones? We’ve got one questionable report from Spain (but in the context of “Big Pharma” and those they own / duped doing a shout down of anything that goes against the “many shots for all” narrative, so maybe questioned by All The Worst Men who are On It…).

    So 3 things need “proving up” before I’d run with his claims:

    1) Extent of G.O. exposure via vaccines.
    2) IFF it really is in them in enough quantities, how many folks get it “in the vein” due to poor injection technique?
    3) Relative toxicity of Venous vs Muscle injections in hard numbers.

    We don’t have sufficient data for any of those. We do have modestly good data showing #3 is a big deal and many of the “Adverse Events” are caused by venous injections (and avoidable with aspiration prior to injection). See the Dr. John Campbell videos on it and his interviews with folks dealing with sequelae of (presumed or suspected I.V.) injections. But we don’t know if it is G.O. causing the harm or the venous epithelial cells sprouting spike proteins after being mRNA infected.

    That’s my take on it anyway. (Oh, and no idea if Herr Dr. was actually murdered or if it is just claims of such. Didn’t look into that rabbit hole…)

  67. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    To avoid confusion with historical places, one might consider:
    “Howard Colditz Springs” ;-)

    Did like the Tucker Rant and the “banner” ;-)

    The NYT Lying vid was interesting too, but didn’t we already know the NYT was:
    1) Partisan
    2) GEB driven
    3) TLA Influenced to directly conduit
    4) Often Wrong
    5) Mostly propaganda.

    So yeah, nice to see them called out on it, but “this is news?” ;-)


    I find Communist Play Book finger prints all over the plandemic and responses to anyone questioning it…


    Yeah, the hypocrisy is strong in them…

  68. Power Grab says:

    @ another ian:
    I can’t help but think of “The Great Escape” whenever I hear what they’re doing Down Under.

    In fact, not that long ago on Twitter, in response to an Aussie’s question, “What can we do?” I typed in they should watch the old American movie “The Great Escape”. A split second after I typed that, it disappeared. Hmmm…

    Interestingly, our PBS stations showed “The Great Escape” twice in the past month, and most recently they showed “Fiddler On the Roof” twice. Gee, I wonder whose side they’re on?

    On Twitter today, in a thread about the Aussie camp prisoners escaping, someone posted a short video snippet from “The Great Escape” of Steve McQueen as he raced on his motorcycle between the fences in his attempt to escape get to Switzerland.

    Now I’ve got that movie’s theme song running in my mind.

  69. Ossqss says:

    Well, this is a surprise, Not! Paper located at the bottom of the article.


  70. David A says:

    E.M, thanks, and I will more carefully read you comment. The maybe dead professor dies distinguish that this is not graphemes oxide, but graphene hydroxide. Have not researched the difference yet.

  71. David A says:

    “ I would like to explain what this graphene hydroxide is. It is mono-layer activated carbon. There are C6 rings … (He found it in all samples) … Every corner is a carbon atom. This is on a nanoscale.. I’ll cut this up a bit here.. If it is 50nm long, there are 500 rings in a row. These are hydroxy groups (OH) … In graphene oxide you have double bonded oxygen, and in graphene hydroxide you have an OH group. The electrons are delocalised (fully mobile). The piece is 50nm long but only 0.1 nm thick. These C6 structures are extremely stable. You can make braking pads out of this. It is not biologically decomposable.”


  72. another ian says:

    “Simply Put: It DOES NOT WORK”

    “Vaccine Enhanced Infections.

    This is in The Lancet, a high-quality prestigious medical journal.”


  73. another ian says:

    “Morning Steyn”

    “The free worlds response to the plague has been worse than the plague.”

    Video at


  74. rhoda klapp says:

    I came across this.

    It seems to follow on from market ticker’s work on batch numbers. It has some pretty enormous implications in terms of ‘them’ experimenting on us. The takeaway is the some batches for different vaxes at different times do nearly all the damage in terms of death and adverse reactions. /other batches are pretty much benign. But is it dosage? Do the benign batches work at all? You guess is as good as mine. (This does tend to disprove the muscle vs vein theory if it is true).

  75. David A says:

    Rhoda, is it possible that many large hospitals simply have a heavy discouragement of and adverse events recorded? Kaiser for instance, does anyone know how many AE they have registered?

  76. another ian says:

    “MUST WATCH – Dr. Anthony Fauci Busted, Cannot Explain Why The U.S. Banned Travel From African Countries With Zero Cases of Omicron Variant
    December 1, 2021 | Sundance | 103 Comments”


  77. E.M.Smith says:


    The problem with statistics “by batch” is that a LARGE number of other “issues” also track “by batch”. So no, it does not argue at all against the vein vs IM thesis as the batch will tend to go to a Facility that has a Policy about aspiration…

    Issues with ascribing variable outcomes to manufacturer by batch:

    1) Shipper: A batch will have a large percentage, perhaps 100%, shipped by the same shipper at the same time in the same weather. Hot vs Cold matters as does distance shipped and handling along the way. You might only be finding that trucks shipped in August from New England to Arizona have different issues from those shipped in January from Connecticut to Boston…

    2) Provider: Large operations, such as Kaiser and / or UK NHS, may order 100% of a batch and have very different protocols about injection (aspiration or not) or populations (Black vs White).

    3) Population: A “batch” may largely be used on Elderly, or Young based on allowed use rulings at the time.

    4) Procedures: Different “Providers” may have very different profiles for things like employee training, storage protocols, etc. It may well be Provider Policy differences instead of batch differences.

    5) Geography: Populations vary dramatically over geography. A “batch” sent to Mississippi (mostly Black) may have dramatically different statistics from an identical batch sent to Main (mostly White) or California / Arizona (everyone getting a lot of Sun / Vit. D).

    6) Population Dynamics changes: Early batches were sent out when a LOT of “vulnerable” were getting sick. Later batches were sent out when a lot of the “vulnerable” were already dead so would have a different population dynamic to work with.

    7) Variant: Over time, the dominant Virus Strain changes. A Batch will experience a very different virus from the batch a year later.

    8) Population Varients: Over time, more folks have natural immunity or have had a shot of “something” already. A Batch may be used mostly for Unvaccinated on an Indian Reservation or mostly for “already jabbed 2x” in NYC This will show very different results. A batch sent to an elder care facility with median age 85 will have very different statistics from one sent to NYC Grammar Schools for use on 10 YO kids…

    That’s just what comes up i a first blush 10 minute response. There’s likely a LOT more in real life
    There just isn’t a lot of “there there” in batch statistics without a whole lot of medical stats on therecipients….

  78. David A says:

    The anomaly in vaccine is based on adverse events, which as a portion of the population are, AFAIK, relatively consistent in disparate demographics. ( All demographics have adverse events with some of the highest anomalies manifesting across the spectrum of demographics, disparate morbidity but very high for disparate demographics) So, AFAIK, much that applies to Covid crossover does not necessarily apply to adverse events.

    Also the dispersion, all adverse events in only five percent of batches, is therefore extreme. Other then the anomaly I don’t know of any evidence of tainted batches. My perspective is that it is most likely politically driven. Most vaccines ( pick a number ?) are administered by the large hospital groups that are most politically connected to the CDC, the FDA, and to government. I suspect they suppress reporting adverse events for the vaccines. These numbers should be known. That they are not known, and I suspect not easy to find, is very suspicious. Not one legacy media person has investigated this.

    IF, for instance, the five largest NATIONAL operating hospital chains all have ZERO adverse events, then this would go a long ways to explaining this statistical anomaly. It should be easy for the powers that be to dismiss this possibility. Yet they have not, and I don’t think they can.

  79. YMMV says:

    We are told that viruses mutate. I can accept that.
    But how do we make the ersatz “viruses”, the ones meant to trick the immune system into fighting the Covid viruses?
    Can we know that that process, biological or not, does not have mutations or replication errors itself?
    Probably some sort of statistical testing is done. Probably a small random sample is tested for Quality Control. Enough to be assured that there is not a very small chance of imperfections, even at the one in hundreds of thousands scale? Or are they just passed off as “doesn’t matter” because it is not a live virus? “It’s just a spike protein” … Maybe the batches are not identical.
    Not saying they are or not. Just curious.

  80. AC Osborn says:

    David A says: 1 December 2021 at 8:03 pm
    Having watched that video last week he looks like he was on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

  81. rhoda klapp says:

    The strange results of analyzing VAERS in the video I linked are pretty hard to explain. Without knowing the distribution of batches we won’t ever know. What is in the batches? We won’t be told about the differences, and if/when the manufacturers fix any problems we won’t be told that either. Anyhow, there’s info in the video of timings which is too difficult for me to summarize. Watch the vid for more, or wait ten or twenty years for it to leak out.

  82. Ossqss says:

    Sooo, is it just me, or is the available data I am seeing so far with this new variant basically the same as a common cold? I wonder how it compares genetically with such. A common cold is indeed a coronavirus variant also, correct? One wonders how a PCR test would see it…..

  83. Ossqss says:

    @HR, ping me on Saturday afternoon and we can discuss things. Got a busy month ahead with work and related’s escaping the Northern territories to here.

  84. another ian says:

    “I have friends in South Africa, quite bewildered by all the fuss”

    Video at


  85. another ian says:

    “Are the US military’s actions against unvaccinated personnel illegal?”


  86. another ian says:

    Check comments on that Bayou article too.

  87. H.R. says:

    @Ossqss – I’ve already cottoned on to December being your busiest time. Between work and family, you’re usually pretty slammed. But I’ll give you a shout Saturday afternoon and we’ll see what’s shakin’.

  88. another ian says:

    Another “Why should we”

    “1,223 fatalities in Pfizer’s Covid vaccine ‘Adverse Event’ report (here) for 1st 90 days”


  89. another ian says:

    “What you said” reminders

    “The Atlantic- Where Leaders Actually Follow Their Own Advice” – link there



    “That piece ran May 13, 2020. What does Slovakia look like today?”

    Read on

  90. another ian says:

    And on “Vitamin I” in the scene in Oz

    I’ve posted some on IVM from the view of a (mostly former now) user of IVM in a livestock enterprise. And a thing I missed until now about the TGA’s “dangerous chemical”.

    The labels for straight IVM products that I use have the big print warning headed “Caution”

    Like this one


    When mixed with any other anthelmintic the product is “Poison” – e.g.


    I’ve had my doubts if the TGA actually read any MDS sheets.

    Now the thought is the “reverse quid pro quo” in action

  91. another ian says:

    “Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been a Climate Denier?”


    And comments

    Read and likely swear a different sort of oath

  92. another ian says:

    “Corporate America Deserves The HELL Coming To It”


  93. another ian says:

    And a change from the Peking Pox

    “Viagra: It won’t make you James Bond but it will make you Roger Moore”

  94. another ian says:

    “Medical “science” lies again. Why am I not surprised?”


  95. YMMV says:

    another ian: “Medical “science” lies again. Why am I not surprised?”

    In that linked article. “Over one million adverse reactions… ”
    “Medical “science” is racing to explain away those reactions”
    ” Guess what excuse they’ve just invented?”
    spoiler: “post-pandemic stress disorder (PPSD)”

    Okay, Big Med sets up the joke and Big Pharma delivers:

    “Scientists develop drug to treat Covid-19 anxiety”

    A team of Russian scientists has pioneered a new anti-anxiety drug designed to calm the nerves of worried coronavirus patients and minimize the risk of potentially dangerous interactions with medicines used to treat the virus.
    “We’ve developed an innovative new molecule that acts highly selectively on adrenoceptors and serotonin receptors, and provides anxiolytic, anti-depressive, and procognitive effects,” Elena Yakubova, Russia’s National Technological Initiative’s medical director, told RIA Novosti on Friday. “In the second phase of pre-clinical and clinical trials, the medication proved highly effective, tolerable, and safe.”

    According to her, those given the new therapy, named Aviandr, saw their scores on anxiety tests fall by more than half after eight weeks of taking the treatment. In addition to reducing anxiety, the medication also demonstrated a noticeable anti-depressive effect.

    Now look for the politicians to start calling marijuana a horse drug.

  96. another ian says:

    Off and running

    “FDA Released First Batch of Vaccine Authorization Documents Showing Pfizer Vaccine Resulted in 1,223 Fatalities in First Three Months
    December 3, 2021 | Sundance | 126 Comments”


  97. another ian says:

    “The Irish Triple-Vaxx Double-Maskers are Getting Locked Out Again
    December 3, 2021 | Sundance | 106 Comments”


  98. another ian says:

    “NIH publishes report saying Ivermectin is effective against Covid

    Quantitative proteomics reveals a broad‐spectrum antiviral property of ivermectin, benefiting for COVID‐19 treatment





  99. another ian says:

    “Saturday Snippet: the Malayan Emergency, and what it can teach us about today’s American Emergency”


  100. Ossqss says:

    Common cold eh?


    @AI, that study was out in September, one wonders why it wasn’t censored yet by the head of the NIH?

  101. another ian says:

    ““Here Comes The Limited Hangout”


    SDA comment on the link – “Grab a coffee. It’s first rate.”

  102. another ian says:

    “Totalitarian Medicine: The US government is effectively “fining” hospitals if they use Ivermectin or anything not approved”


  103. another ian says:

    And then

    “European Union Debates Reconstituting Nazi Medical Policy With Mandatory Medical Procedures and Abolishing Nuremberg Code
    December 4, 2021 | Sundance | 26 Comments”


  104. another ian says:

    “Neil Oliver: Pandora’s Box – Brute Force is Ultimately at the End of Government Compulsory Vaccinations
    December 4, 2021 | Sundance | 343 Comments”


  105. AC Osborn says:

    Ossqss says: 4 December 2021 at 4:28 pm “@AI, that study was out in September”
    Yes September 2020.
    Do you rememeber all the MSM and TV headlines about it?

    No, me neither.

  106. AC Osborn says:

    another ian says: 4 December 2021 at 11:48 am “NIH publishes report saying Ivermectin is effective against Covid”

    That is a really good paper and not just for COVID, it appears Ivermectin has very strong anti-viral properties.
    It backs up the info E.M. first posted last year on Ivermectin.
    There was also a link there to using HCQ and Ivermectin which would have synergistic properties.

  107. YMMV says:

    “NIH publishes report saying Ivermectin is effective against Covid”
    – never thought I would see that happen.

    In other good news (how often do you get to say that?)

    There is a paper from South Africa that Dr. Been and Dr. Campbell both cover.

    omicron is a stealth virus. It got everywhere around the world before anybody even knew it existed.
    That’s pretty much a fact.

    omicron is really a vaccine — it is in effect a deactivated live virus.
    That’s my opinion, or a fact-in-waiting.

    That cartoon of Little-o versus Big Pharma was suggested as a T-shirt or coffee mug.
    How long before Big Pharma and Big Tech ban the omicron word and tell us that it can’t work because there are no RCTs

  108. jim2 says:

    Moniker for China Joe: Apocalips Now.

  109. jim2 says:

    December 5, 2021, 7:57 AM EST

    Most patients in the Covid wards have not been oxygen dependent — a departure from previous waves.
    Of 38 adults in the Covid wards on Dec. 2, six were vaccinated, 24 were unvaccinated and eight had unknown vaccination status.
    Only a single patient on oxygen was fully vaccinated, but the intervention was required to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Two were admitted to intensive care within the past two weeks, but neither with a primary diagnosis of Covid pneumonia.
    No fewer than 80% of admissions were younger than 59. Some 19% were children up to 9, and 28% were patients age 30 to 39.
    Pediatric Covid wards reported no deaths over the last two weeks. Children accounted for 17% of the deaths over the previous 18 months
    Ten of the patients died, or 6.6%, though it hasn’t been determined that omicron was the cause
    The number of deaths may increase. The trend will become clearer over the next two weeks — enough time to see if the cases worsen.
    Average length of stay in Covid wards was 2.8 days versus 8.5 days for the past 18 months.


  110. YMMV says:

    Here is the link to the original paper from South Africa:
    “Tshwane District Omicron Variant Patient Profile – Early Features”

    and to Dr. John Campbell’s comments on that paper:
    video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Paq17X6ucQ
    “Latest data, looking good”

  111. Ossqss says:

    @AC, good date catch… apparently it was overlooked a year ago.

    This guy keeps putting up enlightening stuff.


  112. another ian says:

    Clot Shot for What?

    COVID-19 Outbreak Reported on US Cruise Ship Despite Fully Vaccinated Passengers
    A Norwegian Cruise Line ship with over 3,000 passengers bound for New Orleans has reported a COVID-19 outbreak on board.

    Despite the requirement that all ship’s passengers and crew had to be vaccinated prior to boarding, 10 people have tested positive for COVID-19 on board the Norwegian Breakaway cruise liner.


  113. another ian says:

    Some amazing granite cutting here

    Sarapeum of Saqqara

    We know “Where”. Just leaves out “Who”, “When” and “Why”

    And maybe better as

    “Clot Shot for Wot”

  114. another ian says:

    Another clue that Einstein was right

    “Tasmania Building a “Black Box” Recorder for Climate Change”


  115. another ian says:

    “Fossil Fuel Restriction Dam Starting To Break”


    Some serious “bite back on banks” in there

  116. jim2 says:

    Expression of Concern: Abstract 10712: Mrna COVID Vaccines Dramatically Increase Endothelial Inflammatory Markers and ACS Risk as Measured by the PULS Cardiac Test: a Warning


  117. another ian says:

    From a comment at



    Note the huge differences in cost of the same reactor design, depending on country.”

  118. another ian says:

    “Hippos And Tigers And White Tails, Oh My!”



    When you mention Bill Gates and vaccines reflect on his other famous product – Windows – and how many booster shots it has had and still they come

  119. Ossqss says:

    Quite the fascinating read on history and PCR tests etc…


  120. another ian says:

    “Impactful Video Showcases Hollywood Vaccine Propaganda as Contrast Against Adverse Vaccine Outcomes
    December 6, 2021 | Sundance | 117 Comments”

    Links at


  121. jim2 says:

    RE: problematic ballots in AZ. The severity scale defined by the number of ballots affected, not the nature of the problem with the ballots. This definition was, according to Jovan Pulitzer, heavily influenced by the AZ Senate. As a result, thousands of ballots were assigned a severity level of less than “critical,” even though those ballots represent a breach of the law. That is to say, ballots thus classified were illegal, but not classified as “critical.”

    There is ample evidence to decertify the 2020 Election results in Arizona. Why does the Arizona Congress not do it? Instead, the corrupt leaders in the state are happy with a Joe Biden win by 10,000 ballots.


  122. another ian says:


    “Debate Is Over Folks; Facts Came In”


    Followed by

    “If You Had The Opportunity To Kill Hitler….”

  123. another ian says:

    For the coffee fans

    “My kitchen is growling at me this morning!”


  124. David A says:

    Omicron has a unique, perhaps unnatural structure..

    Note the author, not liked by the CCP

  125. jim2 says:

    A ray of hope?

    Washington, D.C. (December 6, 2021)—On December 8, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. ET, Rep. Jamie Raskin, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, will hold a hearing to examine the need to reform the nation’s civil asset forfeiture laws and to prevent state, local, and federal law enforcement from abusing the civil rights and civil liberties of Americans.

    Civil asset forfeiture is a procedure used by law enforcement officials to seize assets from individuals upon the belief that the assets are connected to criminal activity. The government does not need to convict or even charge individuals before seizing their assets. In some states, law enforcement agencies are allowed to keep 100 percent of the seized assets proceeds, creating a perverse incentive for agencies to abuse the civil rights of Americans in exchange for profit.


  126. another ian says:

    “Shit hot news! Sums won’t matter for airline pilots, anaesthetists and bridge engineers”


  127. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Yeah, all the folks who failed math so went into the (oxymoronic) field of Social “Science” now want to make actual math go away…

    Math is just a strict formal language for describing exacting relationships in nature. You can NOT make the fundamental relationships go away, nor the need to understand them and describe them highly precisely. All you can do is destroy a few thousand years of careful crafting of the best language for work in describing them.

    Oh, and it also trains you to think carefully so you can get the “right answer”. One of THE best learning experiences I ever had was High School Geometry. Starting with protractor, compass and strait-edge and only something like 3 assumptions, we spent a year creating all of the rest of Euclidean Geometry, one small puzzle and proof at a time. (Assumptions were things like “only one straight line passes through two points”, which is what distinguishes it from spherical geometry).

    Oh, and this change to “verbal oriented math” will penalize all the Asian kids who grew up with non-English speaking in the home. They, typically, loved math class as they were on an equal language footing with all the native speakers of English… But hey, The Left thinks them “White Adjacent” anyway…

  128. E.M.Smith says:


    I guess I’ve been disappointed too consistently by RINOs. I’ve reached the point of “I’ll believe it when it is real and regularly happening.” Rather like “Cold Fusion” from “Leonardo Corp.”… I’m in the “Nice idea if it isn’t a scam. Call me when it is absolutely proven and available everywhere.” camp.

    As of now, near as I can tell, about 20% to 40% of “Republican” are either in on the SCAM and vote rigging and grifting, or are too stupid and timid to matter anyway. So yeah, remind me to look at it when the posturing for the cameras is over and the actual results (IFF Any) are posted… /sarc;

  129. DonM says:


    RE Civil forfeiture….

    What a lot of people don’t see in those rules are the plea agreements.

    “If you don’t fight, and promise not to fight the forfeiture (which we have a right to anyway), then your sentence will be ‘X’. If you don’t agree, we will go for a sentence of ‘X+10’, and will will still utilize all of the Federal resources that we have to take your stuff.”

    “So, what will it be? 20 years and very likely no stuff when you get out, or 10 years and no stuff when you get out. Sign here.”

  130. E.M.Smith says:

    @David A:

    What you have stepped in is a Big Controversy in evolution. Gradualism vs Punctuated Evolution.

    It’s all over the place too, not just in Viruses.

    Throughout evolutionary history there are Great Leaps Forward and “Missing Links”. What seems to be the case is that most (all?) of these can be explained via Punctuated Evolution and a bit of piercing the “Species Barrier” (that is really more of a species strong suggestion).

    So they (biologists) have finally figured out that the Red Wolf is really a Grey Wolf / Fox hybrid (IIRC). Similarly several other species have been found to be the result of “inter species” crossing. To deal with this they have defined inter species crosses as NOT being a valid species. Despite them being all over the place in evolutionary history. The “Triangle of Wu” (or “U”) is a great example:


    Basically three root species (a mustard, a turnip, and a cabbage) all crossed with each other and made 3 new families (with double the genes in each). From this we have hundreds of various food crops. ALL the cabbages and kales and turnips and “Asian Greens” of various sorts (Choy) along with cauliflower and broccoli and mustards in several colors and Collard Greens etc.

    Variations partially depending on just which genes get emphasized in each cross.

    Similarly, Indian Corn (Maize) has been shown to be the result of a crossing of Teosente (a primitive corn) with a wild grass relative. They have even repeated the cross (that is recorded in the genes as having happened about 5000+ years ago) with modern samples of each and in fact got a “corn plant”.

    So back at the virus: It has bits that look a LOT like “the common cold” that is a different Corona Virus. The thesis is that a person had Chinese Wuhan Covid and a “Common Cold” at the same time and some of the parts assembly did a bit of “mix and match”. Thus the high transmissibility and low damage levels. Also why it appears “suddenly” and with many changes at once. That’s how gene sharing works.

    Another example? Some large fraction of the modern European and Asian population have a Neanderthal gene for skull size / shape. It was preserved over that of other genes from the crossing between the two species as it has some advantage. (Perhaps large space for brains, or perhaps people just like the look…). So yes, Modern Humans are an interspecies hybrid that suddenly appears with a lot of different genes.

  131. Paul, Somerset says:

    Thanks for that little essay, Chiefio. I’d never really thought about the question of whether an evolution is driven by mutation or crossing before. I feel a bit dim for not having done so, to be honest!

    Thanks again. It’s why I love this blog.

  132. jim2 says:

    Jovan Pulitzer provides a video where he discusses 300,000 ballot issues identified in the Maricopa County audit. He points out the way in which ballots were adjudicated. He also presents for the first time the exact way the 2020 general election in Maricopa County, AZ violated an unforgivable amount of its voters in the election. Moreover, the majority were minorities!


  133. Ossqss says:

    I must tell, I have had college roommates that I think were part Turnip. In fact, I can think of some of the related’s that would also fit the bill. Isn’t that where the Cabbage Patch Kids came from? :-)

  134. E.M.Smith says:

    @Paul, Somerset:

    No need to feel “a bit dim” about it. It is a current controversy in evolutionary genetics and is NOT yet resolved! Only in the last few years, with DNA mapping, have the bits of evidence started to pile up high enough to “make the case” and even now many in the field do not believe in interspecies hybrids as evolutionary drivers. Essentially it is still a bit “cutting edge” ;-)

    @H.R. & All In Florida:

    I’m booked into Orlando this Saturday and ought to be around about 5 days (maybe longer if needed, but leaving town no later than the 17th). I’d not be adverse to a Dodgy Proceedings Event somewhere in middle Florida. Anywhere from Cape Canaveral to Tampa Bay would likely work, but the closer to Orlando the better. (Though not “downtown”. Fringe areas without traffic jams, please ;-)

    Also note that I’m driving back, so it is possible if anyone is along I-10 somewhere or other to plan a stop.

  135. YMMV says:

    So back at the virus: It has bits that look a LOT like “the common cold” that is a different Corona Virus. The thesis is that a person had Chinese Wuhan Covid and a “Common Cold” at the same time and some of the parts assembly did a bit of “mix and match”.

    The best link for that is a video by Dr. Been, “Omicron May Have Picked Up Gene From A Common Cold Virus”, where he discusses a paper “Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 harbors a unique insertion mutation of putative viral or human genomic origin”, which he links to.

    There is an insertion, called “ins214EPE” which fragment could have come from Human Coronavirus HCoV-229E and there are cells in the GIT with receptors for both viruses. That is just one possibility, And one of the things this might do is to reduce the ability of T-cells to overreact to the virus.

    As for writing this human coronavirus off as a “common cold”, don’t be too quick.
    “Epidemiology and Clinical Presentations of the Four Human Coronaviruses 229E, HKU1, NL63, and OC43 Detected over 3 Years Using a Novel Multiplex Real-Time PCR Method”

    Four human coronaviruses (human coronavirus 229E [HCoV-229E], HCoV-HKU1, HCoV-NL63, and HCoV-OC43) are associated with a range of respiratory symptoms, including high-morbidity outcomes such as pneumonia and bronchiolitis.

    Human coronaviruses are increasingly recognized as respiratory pathogens associated with a broadening range of clinical outcomes, whereas they were once recognized as “common cold” viruses. Here we demonstrate that HCoV-OC43, HCoV-NL63, and HCoV-HKU1 were specifically associated with lower respiratory tract disease in the study population.

    HCoV-229E differed clinically from other coronaviruses and other respiratory viruses in general; 70% of detections were in samples from immunocompromised patients. HCoV-229E has previously been associated with infections of immunocompromised individuals.

    Most individuals seroconvert for HCoV-229E, HCoV-NL63, and HCoV-OC43 in childhood.

  136. H.R. says:

    @E.M. (and all in Florida) re Chiefio’s Blog Christmas Gala and Dodgy Proceedings:

    a) If you’re landing in Florida on Saturday, I’d suppose you’d need a day to decompress and for your butt to stop vibrating from 3 days of road hum.

    ii) I’m guessing that leaves Sunday through about Thursday as possible days for you to go somewhere and kick back. That’s the 12th through the 16th.

    3) Lakeland wasn’t too bad. Everyone had a bit of a drive, though Rhoda Klapp had the longest drive coming up from Naples. But I was very glad Rhoda made the trip up to Lakeland.

    Ossqss has to travel central Florida on business, so he might know of a really good, easy-access-to- most town or place for a meet-up.

    For myself, my schedule is open from Saturday through the following week, and a bit of a drive is no problem for me if a location is picked that is more convenient for others.

    Anybody else wanna pipe up with their possibles?

  137. rhoda klapp says:

    Rhoda will not be driving from Lincolnshire. Weird we have a county named after the first Republican president.

  138. H.R. says:

    @Rhoda – When the plandemic hit, you wrote that you couldn’t make your usual Winter trip to Naples. I was hoping the travel nonsense would be off the table and you could get back to your annual dose of sunshine.

    I figured you would have posted fair warning to all U.S. citizens if you were able to make the trip this year. 😜

    I understand the reason that you can’t drive here this year. Fuel prices have just jumped up way too much. Who could afford that drive? Well, maybe Bonnie Prince Charlie could in his wine and cheese fueled Aston Martin, but that’s a special case.

  139. cdquarles says:

    My opinion: Biology developed as a morphological classification science, totally ignorant of the chemistry that underlies physical bodies. Only in the last 120 to 130 years has that chemistry come to fore, with emphasis on the last 100 years. Crystallizing and doing x-ray spectroscopy on DNA was a major biochemical breakthrough, which is now some 80 years ago.

    All of that said, mutable things mutate; and it isn’t survival of the fittest, but survival of that which is good enough to survive. People really do get too focused on minutiae at times.

  140. E.M.Smith says:


    I’m actually flying in, and driving back in one of the pre-positioned cars. Some months ago I figured there might come a time I’d need to drive back after flying in, and put a car in Florida. Some scheduling issues compressed this trip time available; and had me with too little window to drive it both ways, and not enough certainty to plan on when to head back (so buying a return air ticket an issue). Plus the return schedule got pushed into “High Vacation Season” by delays in the home repair schedule, making price silly high. So executing the contingency plan…

    I arrive late Saturday, so yeah, not available that evening, but afterwards is fine.

    My main “task” is to find a rental of some sort as a “landing pad” for our “stuff”. Then I can start the hauling trips. Hopefully a house with garage, but if not, I can make that work too. (i.e. apartment not off the list of possibles, nor an RV “Vacation Rental”). If all else fails, just a big Storage Space somewhere with humidity controlled environment and easy unloading from a trailer. All it really needs is a place secure enough to not have the boxes gone or ransacked if they sit there unguarded for a month or so.

    Anyone knows of such a place in the Cape Canaveral to Orlando to Tampa Bay run (and about 100 mile slice N/S of that) feel free to put up suggestions (though any specific addresses ought to be in e-Mail only to Pub 4 All at aol DOT com (without the caps…) so they don’t end up with “Crazies” on the lawn looking for me ;-)

    Spouse is taking care of the California house through all this, and the dog, and the gun inventory ;-) So not worried about the California house. Nor will it be an issue after we finish the “move in” sometime in January (once phys therapy is done here). But during the transition…

    I plan on the first load or two being “low value to market” stuff. Largely a library of way too many books that would be worth about a dime each at a yard sale, if that. Folks have largely abandoned books these days in favor of e-Things… Then a bed we don’t use (for the guest room) and some archives of “Crap From The Garage” (sounds a bit like a ’50s horror movie ;-) Things like my canonical collection of old computers you just can’t give away anymore… But where I like playing with them. A ‘few’ “White Box PCs” that were my first Beowulf Cluster (and about Pentium 2 speed). A collection of bottles of goo, liquids, and refrigerants for “car maintenance” and a collection of “house maintenance” stuff that is unlikely to be of interest to a thief. Things like the old dinette set from 40 years ago. The oldest duplicates from the cooking set (i.e. pots and dishes that are excess inventory to basic needs).

    Yeah, all stuff I could just dump and not move, but where they provide utility during the transition (i.e. able to sit at the table and eat during the move times and patio-furniture after if desired. Able to top up A/C at either end of the run or top up radiator stuff. Have some kind of computer to use.).

    What with being “bi-coastal” in the past, we have two sets of things like dining room stuff and some cooking objects (personal sized crock pot, rice cooker, etc.). So mostly this is just re-creating what I’ve done before where I was “on the road” working a contract in Florida for 18 months and the kids were living in the California home. But without the kids ;-) Or the job ;-) !!

    Last run will be with “anything of real value”. Monetary or personal. That will happen with spouse in the air and me with dog and trailer. Destination ought to be “living ready” with the early stuff even if not ideal. Then I can take my time crossing the country, with unloading and setting up.

    That’s the plan today anyway. It could just as easily end up that we just “load and go” with one big load of everything that matters while the spouse is in the air, I do a rapid unload and set up, and then take my time moving lesser value things from California. We paid off the mortgage, so the costs to keep the California house for a few months as “storage” is actually quite low. About $400 / month MAX. Most of that property tax. (Prop 13 put a lid on that some time ago and it can only increase something like 1% / year, maybe less)

    Once in Florida, we will together do a search for where we want to buy someplace. Either in Florida or perhaps Tennessee. (Disney World or Dollywood ;-) So yeah, a 2nd move in my future in a year or so. So the trailer and DIY saves a lot of costs longer term. Yes, we would really (REALLY) have rather done a few “fly in and find the house to buy” and been “done in one”; but this whole Plandemic crap blew those plans out of the water, plus the medical issue cramped it too. Oh Well, one adapts.

    It sounds like a lot of work and waste of “my time”, but isn’t really. The only solution that works AND gets us moved before next summer is to be “Bi-Coastal”. I’ve done that a few times before so I’m good at it. We already have enough cars to be “set” at each end with duplicates for a while (to be sold later) and we already have the needed duplicates for things like cooking, dishes, bathroom set-up, car maintenance (minimal car tool sets) and such. It really just comes down to finding a place to rent and call it “instant home”. Then closing out California as fast as medical schedules allow. Between that start and end, I end up traveling between the two coasts a few times (as I have done dozens of times before). Sometimes by air, sometimes by land, and some of them pulling a trailer of “stuff” whenever I feel like it. Maximum comfort at both ends during the process.

    One example? Spouse just did a Disney Trip. Flew both ways. Did some “looking around” at preferred areas and such. Yet mostly it was a week at Disney World. Not exactly hard duty, but did surface some “issues” for us to consider. So here’s an existence proof of one bi-coastal trip where it was about as onerous as a week at Disney ;-) Similarly, I’m going to be “camping across America” and with both ends working OK for the spouse, can take my time and enjoy it. Each run likely a different path. Only difference from a Camping Trip really being that I’ve got a trailer behind me and have more room available for “Camping Stuff” in the car ;-)

    FWIW, I actually enjoy the Bi-Coastal life style. It’s kind of like the RV Lifestyle, but with a fixed home at each end and car camping in the middle ;-)

    Well, anyway, I’m rambling. Time for that 2nd cup of coffee I think ;-)

  141. E.M.Smith says:


    Yup. Since Linnaeus.

    All modern classification systems have their roots in the Linnaean classification system. It was developed by Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus in the 1700s. He tried to classify all living things that were known at his time. He grouped together organisms that shared obvious physical traits, such as number of legs or shape of leaves. For his contribution, Linnaeus is known as the “father of taxonomy.”
    Revisions in Linnaean Classification
    Linnaeus published his classification system in the 1700s. Since then, many new species have been discovered. The biochemistry of many organisms has also become known. Eventually, scientists realized that Linnaeus’s system of classification needed revision.

    A major change to the Linnaean system was the addition of a new taxon called the domain. Adomain is a taxon that is larger and more inclusive than the kingdom. Most biologists agree there are three domains of life on Earth: Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukaryota (see Figure below). Both Bacteria and Archaea consist of single-celled prokaryotes. Eukaryota consists of all eukaryotes, from single-celled protists to humans. This domain includes the Animalia (animals), Plantae (plants), Fungi (fungi), and Protista (protists) kingdoms.
    This phylogenetic tree is based on comparisons of ribosomal RNA base sequences among living organisms.
    The tree divides all organisms into three domains: Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukarya. Humans and other animals belong to the Eukarya domain. From this tree, organisms that make up the domain Eukarya appear to have shared a more recent common ancestor with Archaea than Bacteria.

    So yes, you are exactly right. The phylogenetic classification has been grafted on, in some ways, to the earlier “looks the same” system. Looks the same suffers from the fact of parallel evolution leading to the same shapes / answers. An example? Seems there’s something like 6 different major families of “crab”.


    Several other groups of crustaceans with similar appearances – such as king crabs and porcelain crabs are not true crabs, but have evolved features similar to true crabs through a process known as carcinisation.

    So there are “true crabs” and not so true crabs… but all have the same general body plan and life style, just different genetic histories getting there.


    Carcinization (or carcinisation) is an example of convergent evolution in which a crustacean evolves into a crab-like form from a non-crab-like form. The term was introduced into evolutionary biology by L. A. Borradaile, who described it as “one of the many attempts of Nature to evolve a crab”. Most carcinised crustaceans belong to the infraorder Anomura.
    Carcinisation is believed to have occurred independently in at least five groups of decapod crustaceans:

    Order Decapoda:
    Infraorder Anomura:
    King crabs, which most scientists believe evolved from hermit crab ancestors First appearance: Late Cenozoic
    Porcelain crabs, which are closely related to squat lobsters. First appearance: Late Jurassic
    The hairy stone crab (Lomis hirta)
    Hermit crabs:
    The coconut crab (Birgus latro)
    Patagurus rex
    Infraorder Brachyura (Crabs) First appearance: Early Jurassic
    The extinct probable crustacean order Cyclida, are also noted to “strikingly resemble crabs”, and probably had a similar ecology.

    It was the advent of DNA sequencing that started the move to “trees by DNA” instead of “trees by look”. It is also the reason I’m not a botanist today. I’d had a long love of plants and was looking at Botany as a major back in the early ’70s. Talked to folks in the department. The Lab T.A. was enthusiastic about how it was going to revolutionize the whole nomenclature and there was so much opportunity to publish…

    I looked at it and saw that I would be required to learn all the proper Linnaean names, AND then toss them out of my brain to replace them with “something new and different”. Essentially destroying one of THE big features to me: Names that were universal and constant. Since then, that is exactly what has happened. Gone are Gramineae (now Poaceae) and Leguminosae (now Fabaceae) along with dozens of others. I’m happy to have avoided needing to rewrite so much knowledge space and regret that so many classical names were thrown out just to satisfy the Ego Gratification of folks who would graffiti history for personal fame.

    So yeah, you are right way more than twice over…

  142. jim2 says:

    In the video in the site linked here … https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2021/11/26/w-o-o-d-24-november-2021/#comment-152934

    Pulitzer notes the AZ AG asked the coyotes who ate the chickens. The video is worth watching even if no one does anything about it. Looks like sharpies need to be out-lawed for voting. Bring your own black ball-point pen when you go to vote. That last recommendation is worth repeating far and wide!!

  143. another ian says:

    “Feeling confident? Pfizer vax data is so good, FDA wants to hide it til 2096!”


    “In October the FDA asked the judge to let them have 55 years to release all the data, but now Aaron Siri, a lawyer connected to the FOIA, reports they want to hide some of the data for 75 years.”

    “It would be fair for anyone mandated to receive the vaccine to agree, as soon as all the FDA documents are released. It’s just informed consent…”

  144. another ian says:

    “BOMBSHELL: In court filing, Facebook admits ‘fact checks’ are nothing more than opinion”


  145. Power Grab says:

    Random thoughts here…

    Last night the praise band videotaped the service music for the day after Christmas. The sermon, too. The band left when the preaching started, but I decided to be the only member of the congregation actually sitting there during the sermon.

    When the worship leader, who was running the tech, texted me that I was free to leave, I said that I thought I would rather take in the sermon “live” and in person…rather than from a screen at a later date.

    I’m getting to where I feel like I’ve done quite enough living “through a screen”, thank you very much. I’d rather get back to face-to-face experiences.

    As I told my offspring about that last night, it occurred to me that we’re being reduced to using only 2 of our 5 senses most of the time on officially-sanctioned activities.

    I don’t do VR, either. But I read an article about it today. The focus of the article was that multi-person VR has the hazard that one might experience sexual harassment and be unable to precisely finger who the culprit is without having actually recorded the experience and gone back to play it again slowly. The person who experienced the harassment, and whose story was being referred to, stayed away from the multi-person VR game for a couple weeks after the experience, IIRC.

    So now I need to come up with an acronym for how I prefer to live life…as a 5-senses-using, untested (for Cv), unjabbed (for Cv, or even influenza since about 1999 or 2000), practically pure blooded, bare-faced, in-person shopper…something.

    As for the new VR thingie (Meta), I think they should test it on the owners of those companies for a few years first. House them in a glass zoo (clothes optional), with an unremovable VR appendage, and let them think they’ve changed the world to meet their standards. It doesn’t have to be true. Just let them think it happened. And let the rest of us live our lives as close to reality as we care to.

  146. YMMV says:

    “It was the advent of DNA sequencing that started the move to “trees by DNA” instead of “trees by look”.”

    Heather and Brett talk about the various ways to make these trees in this video, so you might find that interesting. But then they talk about the strange and unusual origins of Omicron. Signs point to a lab leak. They also mention the 1977 flu and the original “novel” Covid viruses as having similar near-impossible origins if you don’t count a lab leak. With a finishing comment on how perhaps IVM maybe caused the end of Covid in Japan.

  147. Ossqss says:

    Interesting. I talked with some in the medical community tonight about the Vax, and they pointed out a basic thing I had not thought through. Money spent on all Vax efforts (all money to manufacturers) is minuscular compared to the overall spending. That was enlightening. Thought to share something that I didn’t put in perspective prior. A few Billion vs. several Trillion.

    Think about it.>

  148. another ian says:

    Via Jo Nova comment

  149. another ian says:

    “About the November 2020 elections in Wisconsin…”


    An interesting question posed in the cartoon there too

  150. H.R. says:

    @Ossqss – Yah, but… $100 billion here, $100 billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money.

    It’s going to add up after they come out with the 72nd booster.

  151. another ian says:

    Warning!  Don’t binge watch!


    There are 319 of them

  152. another ian says:


  153. cdquarles says:

    Another excellent summary article that needs to be spread widely: https://richardsonpost.com/ian-mcnaulty/24697/pcr-tests-and-the-rise-of-disease-panic/. The denizens here are aware of this.

    Key points directly quoted: “Even though this is well-documented in the scientific literature it appears that the media, public health authorities and government regulators either haven’t noticed or don’t care:

    “It should be noted that currently there is no standard measure of viral load in clinical samples.”
    “An evaluation of eight clinically relevant viral targets in 23 different laboratories resulted in Cq ranges of more than 20, indicative of an apparently million-fold difference in viral load in the same sample.”
    “The evident lack of certified standards or even validated controls to allow for a correlation between RT-qPCR data and clinical meaning requires urgent attention from national standards and metrology organisations, preferably as a world-wide coordinated effort.”
    “Certainly the label “gold standard” is ill-advised, as not only are there numerous different assays, protocols, reagents, instruments and result analysis methods in use, but there are currently no certified quantification standards, RNA extraction and inhibition controls, or standardised reporting procedures.”
    Even the CDC itself admits PCR test results aren’t reproducible:

    “Because the nucleic acid target (the pathogen of interest), platform and format differ, Ct values from different RT-PCR tests cannot be compared.”
    For this reason PCR tests are licenced under emergency regulations for the detection of the type or ‘quality’ of a virus, not for the dose or ‘quantity’ of it.

    “As of August 5, 2021, all diagnostic RT-PCR tests that had received a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for SARS-CoV-2 testing were qualitative tests.”
    “The Ct value is interpreted as positive or negative but cannot be used to determine how much virus is present in an individual patient specimen.”
    Just because we can detect the ‘genetic fingerprint’ of a virus doesn’t prove it’s the cause of a disease:

    “Detection of viral RNA may not indicate the presence of infectious virus or that 2019-nCoV is the causative agent for clinical symptoms.”
    So, while there’s little doubt that using PCR to identify the genetic fingerprint of a Covid-19 virus is the gold standard in molecular science, there’s equally no doubt that using it as the gold standard to quantify Covid-19 ‘cases’ and ‘deaths’ is “ill-advised.”, which is why these tests should have been considered screening tests, in the first place. That they have not been considered such is probative of the political nature of the response. The GEBs behind this need to be put to a Nuremberg trial. That won’t happen, though, until many of the world’s governments get redone.

  154. Ossqss says:

    This was a fascinating read. Note, you do not have to sign up for anything to read it, maybe to watch it. You just have to negotiate the pop ups and the continue reading links to view the transcript.


  155. YMMV says:

    cdquarles: https://richardsonpost.com/ian-mcnaulty/24697/pcr-tests-and-the-rise-of-disease-panic/

    I meant to quote from that before, but maybe I never got around to it:
    But, like a powerful magnifying glass or zoom lens, if it’s powerful enough to find a needle in a haystack it’s powerful enough to make mountains out of molehills.

    The 2021 phrase of the year was “gold standard”. Fool’s gold and nothing standard about it.
    Besides, if the gold standard is so good why aren’t we using gold as our monetary standard?

  156. another ian says:


    “Fauci, Gates, and the Biosecurity State As Told by RFK Jr.”


  157. another ian says:

    Willis E takes a look at the latest “cooking”

    “And as a result, when you start out by programming “artificial intelligence” with a profound misunderstanding of science, as John Cook and his workmates are doing, you’ll end up with artificial stupidity every time.”


  158. another ian says:

    “Neil Oliver Says Enough is Enough – The U.K. Elite Created COVID Propaganda and Fear While they Danced and Partied at Christmas
    December 11, 2021 | Sundance | 114 Comments”


    “Looking forward, Oliver implies a resounding “f**k you” for Christmas 2021 as everyone should enjoy this holiday in the traditional spirit of the season, while dispatching the insufferable fear the elites attempt again. Stay with it, because these words get better as Mr. Oliver piles on the common sense, and cuts through the lies. WATCH:”

  159. another ian says:

    Another book I’m going to have to read

    Winston Churchill’s Toyshop: The Inside Story of Military Intelligence (Research) Paperback – September 15, 2012
    by Stuart MacRae (Author)

  160. another ian says:

    And if you haven’t already read this

    Goes with R.V. Jones “Most Secret War”

  161. YMMV says:

    WUWT linked to this article:
    which is mostly uninformed blah blah blah from the idiots which the MSM quotes to as experts.
    Except for this juicy one-liner, which is probably nothing more than wishful thinking:

    But Professor Ferguson claimed Omicron might have been seeded in Glasgow at the Cop26 climate summit at the start of November in Glasgow.

    The professor also said that visitors coming to Scotland for the climate change conference Cop26 last month may have caused early seeding there, but he added this was ‘speculation’.

  162. another ian says:

    Check this out

  163. H.R. says:

    @another ian – That ‘Duck Boy’ does look pretty good. Nice!

  164. another ian says:

    A sister-in-law is having trouble with Chrome on a Mac . The error involves HSTS and seems to have been around for a while- this from 2018 though she’s only encountered it lately


    Anyone run into this and know how to fix it?


  165. E.M.Smith says:

    Just an FYI that I’m in Florida now, near Orlando. Tablet only, so postings will be scarce a while.

  166. another ian says:

    An earner on the side if you’re game

    “Laugh of the week! The authorities don’t know which way to skate! “He’s foolish and very bad, but taking safe vaccines won’t harm you..”

    Auckland: He’s vaxxed to the max, and that might not be a good thing.

    An unidentified man in New Zealand may have been vaccinated as many as 10 times in a single day.

    Authorities believe the multi-vaccinated man may have been paid to get shots under the names of other individuals, who want the privileges extended to those protected against COVID-19, but don’t want to get the jabs.

    New Zealand Ministry of Health vaccine program manager Astrid Koornneef said officials were “aware of the issue” and taking it “very seriously”.

    Health officials are also working with law enforcement to investigate the situation. It’s unclear where exactly the individual got his multitude of shots, but Koornneef recommends that he visits a doctor again as soon as he can.

    “If you know of someone who has had more vaccine doses than recommended they should seek clinical advice as soon as practicable,” Koornneef suggested.


  167. another ian says:

    That from Jo Nova

  168. H.R. says:

    And right below the article on the eyedrops was this, which will induce the Mother Of All Munchies attack.

  169. another ian says:

    “My neighbor is smarter than your bureaucrat.

    Fauci-Free herd immunity.

    Via SDA

  170. another ian says:

    “I’ve got a question. If I didn’t get the first 3 jabs and go straight to the fourth one, will that one work?
    Or do I need to take the first 3 jabs that didn’t work in order to make the fourth one work?”

    From a comment at Jo Nova – And

    “A Brief History of Epic Mass Madness”


  171. another ian says:

    Readings here IMO


    Start and read upwards from “Who will answer” suggested

  172. jim2 says:

    Hockey Stick Climate Fraud Scientist Michael Mann Says Joe Biden’s Build Back Broke Bill will Prevent Tornadoes From Getting Worse (VIDEO)


  173. jim2 says:

    If you search on “omicron severity” you get a lot of almost identically worded headlines stating ‘very high’ global risk but limited data on severity. Yeah, right!!!

    It’s already obvious severity is comparatively mild, but the idiots in charge don’t want us to believe our lyin’ eyes.

  174. another ian says:

    “I’ve got a question. If I didn’t get the first 3 jabs and go straight to the fourth one, will that one work?
    Or do I need to take the first 3 jabs that didn’t work in order to make the fourth one work?”

    A comment at Jo Nova

  175. another ian says:

    “Scientists Identify Young Vaccinated People as Source for Omicron Variant
    December 14, 2021 | Sundance | 66 Comments”


    “What makes this interesting is both the timing and sequence.

    The “Delta” variant surfaced and spread during the vaccination program for people over 40 years old.

    The “Omicron” variant surfaced and spread during the vaccination program for people under 40 years old.

    It’s almost as if… the vaccination and boosters are what creates the variant.”

  176. another ian says:

    As the saying has it – “It’s not how many but who”

    “Despite High Vaccination Rate Amtrak Suspends Vaccine Mandate, The Background Tells a Story
    December 14, 2021 | Sundance | 1 Comment


  177. p.g.sharrow says:

    It’s almost as if… the vaccination and boosters are what creates the variant.” LOL yah think?
    And they claim that it is unvacced are the carriers and are infecting the vaccinated. BUT the vaccinated are unvaccinated if they get sick because……”just because” well they needed a booster shot, so they are now not fully vaccinated and it is the “Not Fully Vaccinated” that are the cause of the vaccinated getting sick!
    You will comply and get your shots or else! Attack the unvaccinated because THEY are killing the vaccinated.

    I thought a vaccine was supposed to protect you from getting the infection. My bad…..8-(

  178. p.g.sharrow says:

    I see in Austria they will fine you $1,000 a month if you are not fully vaccinated! starting the first of the year. Those not fully vaccinated with “Passport” proof can not travel or conduct business.
    Even the Nazis were not this crazy. Millions are beginning to march and demonstrate, even those that are vaccinated!

  179. H.R. says:

    I mentioned a few weeks ago that Mrs. H.R. play “Count the Teslas”. Well, it’s no fun here in Florida.

    This area is lousy with Teslas. They make a bit more sense here, since they don’t hit the battery-draining cold like one would in Canada or the Northeast U.S. I don’t know how well they handle the heat, which can be a problem.

    Yesterday, we were cruising the boulevard that runs along the beach between Clearwater and St. Petersburg. Big $$$$ to live there. My wife noticed an open garage door and there were TWO Lamborghinis inside the garage! I’m pretty sure the owners weren’t out running errands in a ’94 Ford Fiesta.

    So, in this area, the cost of a Tesla just isn’t an issue for many of the residents. What I can’t figure out for sure is whether the Tesla owners are virtue signaling or if they just want something different from the bog standard Porsches, Lambos, ‘Vettes, Mercedes AMGs, and BMW Ms.

    I did notice that those sporty cars seem to have a healthy respect for a long-bed 4×4 dually diesel trucks. The drivers seem keenly aware that their cars would be no more than a speed bump should they get in the way. 😜

    Oh, also lots of lifted 4×4 pickups with knobby balloon tires around here. They are popular (and necessary!) for driving the beaches. Those trucks aren’t cheap, but then those of us who are fishing-obsessed see it as a routine expense; just part of proper outfitting for surf and flats fishing. 😁

  180. Power Grab says:

    Might be preaching to the choir here, but here is a very recent article about how having adequate vitamin D levels can lead to a zero rate of mortality.


  181. another ian says:

    And so it goes

    “GB News- Covid-19: 78,610 cases recorded in UK today, highest daily total since pandemic began”


  182. another ian says:

    “This will require you to sign up for a free Spotify account but this discussion is well worth it. The usual suspects are on a mission to destroy McCullough. Listen to the podcast and you’ll quickly understand why.”


    Gives a direct Rumble link

  183. H.R. says:

    @Power Grab – Yeah, before we even discussed HCQ or Ivermectin or any preventatives or treatments, we did push “Get yer Vitamin D on!” here.

    Nobody knew nuttin’ ’bout ‘nuttin, but we did find links to vitamin D as the best countermeasure.

    If I am recalling the timeline correctly, one of, if not the first, successful treatments was massive doses of vitamin D. It was pretty close to the alternative of HCQ + zinc. I’m not sure which was first out of the gate.

    But that’s a good comment, Power Grab. Vitamin D first and then cast about for a preventative.

    BTW, did those court injunctions stopping the mandates prevent you from having to choose between jab or job?

    As I recall, your employer was going to respect your religious exemption request, but then that injunction made all the employer waffling go away. I don’t think most employers were on board with the mandates anyway.

    P.S. Merry Christmas to you. I used to love singing the choral parts of the Messiah. Back when, I could sing the contra-alto part of “I know That My Redeemer Liveth” without going into a falsetto AND could sing the baritone portion of “For unto us a child is born.”

    I had a three octave+ range until I burnt my esophagus and vocal chords. A Naproxen pill got stuck in my throat and wreaked havoc. HA! The symptoms were that I was having a heart attack. Major chest pains! The ER doc finally said, “Wait a minute. How long have you been having theses chest pains?” It was about 3 – 4 hours and he said it should have stopped or I should be dead. He went out, brought back some sort of antacid and had me drink it. Bingo! The pains went away in 10-15 minutes. But the damage to my vocal cords had been done. I went from pitch perfect to “can’t carry a tune in a bucket” in one day.

    **sigh** I loved singing the various parts of the “Messiah.” (Slight teary eye here. I really, miss miss it. I also liked to sing the low part of “He Shall Lead His Flock” in my range. Then when it switched to the soprano coloratura part, I just listened in awe.)

    Play well for the Christmas season at your church, Power Grab. It’s the most joyous and reflective time of the year. Your contribution will inspire others and cause them to reflect on what is really important.

  184. David A says:

    India, in Uttar Pradesh, ended Covid with Vitamin D, Zinc and Ivermectin, administered via simple contact tracing. And their test positive rate is still zero! And nobody notices?????

  185. Richard Bellew says:

    They noticed ok! Read the book linked here a few days ago by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. it’s all of $2.99 on Kindle! I’ve read he’s an anti-Vax’er and a Trial Lawyer, so this book might be regarded as the case for the prosecution. And, what a case!
    Richard B

  186. another ian says:

    WRT to wind turbine bladed – maybe

    I was around gliding here in Oz up to the 1990’s, by which time fibreglass and later reinforce aircraft were around. At that time Oz was a very small part of the world wide market but ran up sailplane hours at the fastest rate in the world.

    So we were the first to record the problem of gel coat cracking. And to find that the cracks that started in the gel coat (and made your new glider look unsightly) went through into the underlying matrix and likely the spar structure.

    One story has it that a local owner buttonholed the German manufacturer’s representative who had come out to look at the problem. When things got tense the rep resorted to not understanding English. Neglecting that the owner was of German origin. Rumour hath it that the thunder and lightening that followed was most impressive.

    That is the general gist. IIRC Gliding Federation Australia and RMIT got a project going with a couple of wings on shakers to monitor what happened with the cracking.

  187. Power Grab says:

    @ HR:

    Thanks for the kind remarks!

    On December 8, I received an email from the top saying that the federal contractor mandate was no longer affecting us due to the judicial block. Woohoo! :-D

    How amazing that you had a 3-octave range “back in the day”. And how sad that Naproxen injured you so badly! :-(

    The older I get, the more I value live, in-person musical performances by real humans playing real instruments! We used to present the Messiah every Christmas season. I think CV did put the kibosh on that, but we now have a new venue for presentations like that. I haven’t been in it yet, but I’m sure the time will come. I have had opportunities to attend presentations there, but that was while everyone was wearing masks. I don’t relish doing that. I’ll just wait until we leave that silliness behind us. It’s too much of a distraction to try to enjoy a live performance when one can’t see the full faces of the performers.

    When I was growing up, I used to always have trouble with my throat…just in time for our Christmas programs! My dad used to come wake me up (I guess I was coughing in my sleep) with his unlabeled brown glass bottle of *something*. He would give me a single spoonful, which I had to take one tiny sip at a time, swishing it in my mouth before swallowing it. Eventually, years later, I learned that it was whiskey and honey. That really surprised me because I had never seen my folks imbibe. I thought they were teetotalers. I think in reality they might drink a little at a party outside the house, but I never saw them do it. As it turns out, both my grandfathers were alcoholics. I reckon that’s why they didn’t want to give us kids any ideas of starting.

    As a adult, I went through a period of maybe 20 or so years when it seemed dodgy to try to sing. I was used to singing in choirs most of my life, so having a chronic cough and unpredictable throat for singing made me cut back. In fact, when my offspring was born, I was afraid they would be slow to talk because talking for any length of time made me have a severe coughing fit.

    After I started reading the Weston A. Price Foundation’s (WAPF) articles and changed my diet to include more cholesterol, my throat got a lot better. I started taking cod liver oil in 2003. That helped my voice/throat. And when I started taking probiotics, I had recovered so much that I was able to participate in 3 choirs – our church, a community group, and a statewide denominational group. I had given up the non-stop antihistamine/decongestants long before, but it wasn’t until I changed my diet to be more WAPF-like and started taking some probiotics and prebiotics and foods that also contain them, that I finally go to where singing was fun again. Of course, in a choir, if they will let me play piano, I’ll gladly do that. But if they don’t need me to play piano, I’ll gladly sing. Sometimes they’ll ask me which I like best…I have to say that whatever I’m doing is what I like best. (How’s that for emulating a politician?)

    We used to be “that church” in the 1980s with our grand choir/orchestra performances for holidays. We did some great music by David T. Clydesdale, Ronn Huff, Ralph Carmichael, and others. I miss it. I guess we routinely had a 100-voice choir and maybe 30 or more pieces in the orchestra. Not every Sunday; just holiday performances. But we usually did them 3 nights in a row. Ah! Those were the days! :-D

    Now we have what they call a “praise band”. But our services aren’t produced to make you feel like you’re in a rock concert. The worship leader sings lead and plays rhythm guitar. I play acoustic grand piano. We have a bassist who plays electric bass, but he usually plays an acoustic bass fiddle in other groups. We have a drummer who (I think) is a teenager. He’s gotten better and better since he began, and he’s quite respectable now. We have a guy who either plays bass or djembe, and another guy (a high schooler – one of my recent piano students, actually) who is playing electric guitar. He gets to play some lead guitar riffs from time to time. He also taught himself to play the accordion(!) and has some other instruments. We have an electric keyboard (not 88 keys, though) that various people play from time to time. We do mostly non-hymn tunes, but during the holidays, we get to do a regular hymn or two. Or sometimes the worship leader will give us a chart of a hymn that he re-arranged to use fewer chords and have a more modern sound. If we ever get back to having a “Hymn Sing” time (mostly attended by the senior adults), he’s quite comfortable leading those songs. They have more and better theology than most modern choruses.

    I grew up playing from printed music, mostly classical music until I reached my third summer. Then I realized I could play just about anything I wanted to, eventually! I remember one night I was playing through a book of standards and pop tunes. I liked playing “Take Five” by Dave Brubeck, but it never sounded quite right. But this one night I was really tired…but I wasn’t ready to stop playing. I turned to “Take Five” and played it tired. It sounded right!! OK. So some of that jazzy stuff I like has to be played “sloppy” to sound right. Got it. :-)

    My family watched a lot of musical variety shows on TV, so I was always chomping at the bit to get hold of some authentic music like that. I think when I got to play for a stage production of “Fiddler on the Roof”, that was the first time I got to play authentic arrangements like I preferred. Before that, the books I could buy had arrangements that were barebones and simplified.

    But about 5-6 years ago I was asked to play from chord charts. I had never paid that much attention to chords, actually. I remember having one group lesson about music theory, but we never spent much time on it. I did have to learn to play some basic exercises in every key. Years later, I played for a gospel quartet. Sometimes they had good piano accompaniments, and sometimes they were just “meh”. Well, I ended up getting hold of “Band in a Box” software and creating tracks for them. You have to enter chord names to use that program. Also, I normally would enter a melody and lyrics as well. Then you experiment with playing the song under the control of some user-selected “style”. I found that a style was a good choice if I wanted to let it play the entire piece. I have a middle-priced version that had about 1,200 styles available. Choosing a style could often take more time than entering the chords/melody/lyrics. I got more acquainted with chords from making those tracks. It was good preparation for playing from chord charts.

    Now that I can play from chord charts, I have noticed that it feels like I’m using a different part of my brain to do that, compared to playing from fully-written music. I try not to let anyone hear me trying to play by ear. And I haven’t memorized an entire piece since my senior high recital. But I’m a really good sight reader! I can do a bit of improvisation while reading a chart or fully-written music, but when I want to really work up an arrangement, I go back and forth between a piano and my computer.

    Usually, I create what I want to hear at the piano keyboard (a few bars at a time), then I go to the computer and enter it into my oldest program, Noteworthy Composer. I like it because I can “type in” the music. Since I’m a good typist, it always felt faster to type in music than to have to use the mouse to click on a single pixel at a time.

    After I have a page or two done, I print it out and see if I can play it on the piano comfortably, and see if it sounds like I entered it correctly. When I think I have the arrangement finished, I port a MIDI file of it to Harmony Assistant. If there are lyrics, it will use a synthesized voice to “sing” the lyrics. That’s usually what I produce when I’m creating a practice track or a demo of something I’ve written.

    Or course if I had someone like HR around to actually sing the vocals, it would be way better to record a real human singing!

    One time I did some practice tracks for a stage show. The actors wanted me to actually sing the parts. So I worked up the synthesized versions for each vocal part and played them through headphones while I sang into the microphone. Since I had to overdub several parts, it helped me be more consistent to do it that way. I used Audacity to put that together.

    Last Wednesday, we recorded the music and sermon for the Sunday after Christmas service. But this Sunday we’re doing it live, as usual. The one regular hymn we’re doing needs to be done in the key of E, so I’ll be whipping up a version of it in E. I have lots of them in F and G, but not E.

    I also need to play through some solo Christmas music so I’ll be ready for my free-choice pieces. I have TONS of Christmas music books, but I think I’ve got 3 or 4 that I can concentrate on and make my selections.

  188. another ian says:

    “European Environmentalists Have New Plan For Cargo Ships Based on Paris Climate Agreement Compliance
    December 16, 2021 | Sundance | 422 Comments

    Folks, this story is not from The Onion or any version of sarcastic media. This is very real.” More at


    You think if the Edmund Fitzgerald had one of those it would have hydroplaned to shore no sweat?

  189. another ian says:



    “If you’re interested in hearing the polar opposite of the Joe Rogan/Peter McCullough podcast Sam Harris has a new three hour discussion with Nicholas Christakis.”


    Be warned by the comments though

  190. H.R. says:

    Well, I’m gonna take a wild stab at it and guess that it took longer than E.M. thought. We’ve barely heard a peep from him, tablet usage or no.

    E.M. is due to head out of Florida today.

    Can we get a thumbs up and Mission Accomplished?

  191. David A says:

    I need some help with this medical study report. Various media is reporting it as 82 percent of vaccinated pregnant women failed to deliver a live birth.

    Here is the actual study summary…


    ( I think they are saying 86.1 percent had a live birth, which already appears high, but it is worded strangely. )

    This Medical report is awkward. It says;

    “A total of 35,691 “v-safe”participants, 16 to 54 years of age, identified as pregnant”

    and then does not track them?
    Or did track them and decided to not report results for most of them? Then it says …

    “Among 3958 participants enrolled in the “v-safe”pregnancy registry, 827 had a completed pregnancy, of which 115 (13.9%) resulted in a pregnancy loss and 712 (86.1%) resulted in a live birth (mostly among participants with vaccination in the third trimester). “ ( So a quiet admittance that most of the 115 full term dead babies were 1st and 2nd trimester jabbed.)

    Ok, we had 35,691 PREGNANT women in the program. Now we have 3,958 women from that same program. Only that group had a “completed” pregnancy. I must assume they mean carried full term to delivery.

    And they strangely conclude that 86.1 percent of “live births” is just fine. It is only 86.1 percent of the full term “completed” pregnancies. 82 percent of the original group of the 3,958 PREGNANT women failed to carry their child to a live birth, and 78 percent lost their child before the end of the pregnancy. That is extremely BAD! This is how the summary reads.

    Very bizarre!! What happened to the other 31,000 pregnancies?
    So, of all the , only 712 live births, a SMALL 18 percent of the 3,958 participants ( Ignoring the other 31,000 in the study) had a live birth!
    And then they go on to make it sound successful by saying 827 had a “completed pregnancy.” All pregnancy is complete. Do they mean only 827 went full term, or that of these 3,958 participants who were enrolled in this “v-safe” program, only 827 got pregnant. Yet the report says they all 35,691 were pregnant.

    “Among 3958 participants enrolled in the v-safe pregnancy registry, 827 had a completed pregnancy, of which 115 (13.9%) resulted in a pregnancy loss and 712 (86.1%) resulted in a live birth (mostly among participants with vaccination in the third trimester)”
    And what happened to the original…”A total of 35,691 v-safe participants 16 to 54 years of age identified as pregnant”

    The way I read this is they had
    35,691 pregnant women participating in the “v-safe” program. ( They at least “ identified “ as pregnant. I am boldly assuming they were women)
    So, as far as we know there were 35,691 pregnant women in the “v-safe” program. Which means we have 31,733 UNKNOWN results.

    3958 were also pregnant and results were given for them.

    827 of those completed the pregnancy? Went full term?

    712 had a full term live live birth.

    115 had a “full term “ still birth?
    Left unsaid is WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OTHER 3,246 PARTICIPANTS! ( And again, the other 31,733 who identified as “pregnant”. )

    From the “results” summary we must surmise that…
    3,131 out of 3,958 women failed to carry their pregnancy full term. That is 79.1 percent of pregnancies lost the child before full term, and 115 lost the child in the birthing process!
    So yes, 3,246 out of 3,958 pregnancies FAILED! A 82 percent death rate.

    Again, I think it just poor wording and yet the failure rate, even at 18 percent, must be very high.

  192. E.M.Smith says:

    I am presently in a sleeping bag in a Mercedes wagon on B.L.M. (the original ) land in Quartzite Arizona. Beautiful full moon rising out my window. Sipping box rosé wine…

    Things went OK, but don’t have a house yet. Some stuff in storage though.

    I left my phone in Calif… so bought a new burner… using it for a hotspot to post this from the tablet. More when I’m home.

    Did agree to buy 1/2 a boat though…. 38 foot sail…

  193. H.R. says:

    @David A – What a friggin’mess of a report. It reads like they are trying to put a happy face on a sad clown. I don’t get it, either.

    @E.M. – Yeah, I took your ‘radio silence’ as a sign that things were not proceeding exactly to plan, as reported at the beginning of your trip.

    1/2 owner of a 38′ sailboat, eh? Does Mrs. E.M. know, or are we all supposed to keep mum about that? 🤷‍♂️

    (You’re a dead man walking when you get home, E.M. It’s been nice knowin’ ya 😜 We’re just trying to figure out where to send the flowers; Florida or California? Hahahahaha!)

  194. David A says:

    E.M. Best of luck with all the moves. Crazy times and my sincere wish that you all find an ideal home. BTW, it just occurred to me to voice caution in how you transport any real valuables. There are many horror tales of confiscation of money , gold, valuable assets. I am certain you know this,heck, I probably read it on Musings.

    Concerning my last post, yep, I was mislead by the blog posts I think. ( and my own assumptions)
    14 percent combined miscarriages and still births in KNOWN pregnancies is not unusual. Perhaps a bit high as the low range could be below 10 percent. Yet the author of the study made some very poor word choices, and defining when these adverse events occurred is critical.

    A woman is either pregnant or not. They are not “completely pregnant”. Also the summary defined 35,000 women in the same study as pregnant, and then went to a subset of some 3500 women of whom apparently only some 800 became pregnant.

    It is so poorly written that I would need to see the full paper to know what they did and found.

  195. Quail says:

    IVF clinics seeing problems…
    “..In March thru May, there was a huge spike in miscarriage rates. It is normally 25% to 30%. In these months it shot up over 50%. They’ve never seen anything like that before.

    One woman had very reliably donated 30 or more eggs each time she came in which yielded 5 to 8 embryos. In May, she got her second shot of the vaccine and then came in to donate a couple of weeks later. The clinic was shocked: all of the embryos had all arrested when they checked them on day 5. None of them reached the stage where the trophectoderm forms…

    They are seeing an unknown contaminant in the wells with the embryos. They started noticing this in August, but it could have started sooner than that. They only notice it under high power magnification and it is only the wells with the embryos. They still don’t know what it is or how it got there. Multiple clinics report the exact same thing. This means it is either coming from the sperm or the egg….”

  196. Compu Gator says:

    E.M.Smith commented on 18 December 2021 at 2:02 am UTC [*]:

    Did agree to buy 1/2 a boat though…. 38 foot sail

    Seems rather dodgy, but I suppose that you could make the arrangement work for you. Are you buying the 1/2 that has the bow, or the 1/2 that has the stern?

    I suppose that the bow end houses the cabins; the galley being somewhere amidships.

    The stern end does offer advantages over the bow end: The wheel might be located there. And it seems likely to house the occasional-use motor for getting you out of nautical jams in problematic conditions, or just navigating from & to your dock or $lip in a marina.

    But you didn’t mention the boat’s style of rigging. How will the masts & sails be allocated to the 1/2s?

    It reminds me of 1 of the big visual surprises in the movie Thunderball [☈]: 4th of the original James-Bond movies that starred Sean Connery. ‘Twas the yacht Disco Volante, operated for SPECTRE by Emilio Largo, which was facing imminent capture. The D.V. detached its disguised outer hull, which extended from amidships to the stern, and leaving it adrift. The section forward of amidships quickly sprouted hydrofoils and made a high-speed escape [⚓].

    Note * :  https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2021/11/26/w-o-o-d-24-november-2021/#comment-153036.

    Note ☈ : The movie Thunderball is more than 1/2 century old! More precisely, it’s 1/2 week short of 56 years after its 22 December 1965 U.S. release date:  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059800/.

    Note ⚓ : Disco Volante, in subsection Thunderballhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_James_Bond_vehicles#Marine_vehicles.
    A useful photo of the D.V. ought to be among these 290 images for the movie in iMDB:  <https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059800/mediaindex/?ref_=tt_mi_sm&gt;
    Ah!:  <https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BZGQ2Zjc4YWYtOWVlNi00MTBhLTgxZGYtM2M4ODRkMDg2YzBkXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyOTc5MDI5NjE@._V1_FMjpg_UX1000_.jpg.&gt;.

  197. another ian says:

    “Wuhan Flu Omicron Cold”

    “Gupta Lab: Sharing some potentially significant findings relating to Omicron”


  198. another ian says:



  199. David A says:

    @ Quail. Yes, thanks for the link. FYI, that high percentage of failed pregnancies refers to all studies including those that find many women have miscarriages and NEVER know they were pregnant. ALL the women in this study knew the were pregnant, and those studies range from below 10 to 15 percent, and a very few to as high as 20. Most days 10 to 15 percent.

    But YES, there is considerable supporting evidence to vaccines inducing failed pregnancies.

  200. AC Osborn says:

    David A says: 18 December 2021 at 4:30 am “They are not “completely pregnant”.”

    If that paper is like the previous one, not all the women in the group have come to full term yet. Yet being the operative word.
    Also in the last study it was Vaccination in the 1st Trimester that caused 80%+ miscarriages.
    That paper had to be modified (not retracted) so that it no longer said that the results suggested that the vaccines were safe.

  201. AC Osborn says:

    Quail says: 18 December 2021 at 6:09 am
    That information is quite scary and shouldn’t only be showing up at just the one clinic.

  202. David A says:

    AC Osborn, regarding “ Also in the last study it was Vaccination in the 1st Trimester that caused 80%+ miscarriages”.

    I missed the 80 percent. The first trimester plus one week has, as I understand it. 95 to 98 percent of all miscarriages and still births. Medically I think the USA defines miscarriage as failed pregnancy in the first 20 weeks, possibly 13? The study summary did not as I remember give a percentage which it should have. However the fact that close to 70 percent of the participants they choose we’re either second or third trimester vaccinated greatly waters down or dilutes the study. They could have and should have chosen all first trimester jabbed. Preferably only those jabbed who then found out they were pregnant. I think 80 percent of failed miscarriages ( that are KNOWN miscarriages) occur in the first six weeks. They have 35,000 pregnant women. The information is out there to do a study of only those pregnant and get results for every week of pregnancy!

    The fact that we have such poor information is typical of all things Covid. For instance almost 100 percent of VAERS reports came from, I think, five percent of the shot lots.
    Some say “ bad lots must of done it”. I say “ how come we don’t know how many AE reports disparate hospital chains ( Kaiser for instance) filed? For all we know the large hospital chains compose 95 percent of all vaccinated and they have filed ZERO AE reports We should know exactly what AE reports every hospital has filed. Covid is like that, obvious needed and EXISTENT information, either not recorded or not released.

  203. cdquarles says:

    From way back in the day, though I don’t know how they knew it, natural miscarriage rates were reported to be 7 of 10 pregnancies; and most of the women affected never knew it.

  204. cdquarles says:

    Most of these, by the way, were in the first few weeks, too. A miscarriage was any natural abortion; so could happen at any time. The few I saw were mid-pregnancy.

  205. David A says:

    “ From way back in the day, though I don’t know how they knew it, natural miscarriage rates were reported to be 7 of 10 pregnancies; and most of the women affected never knew it.”. Some of my recent reading says 50 percent and KNOWN at 10 to 15 percent. One hundred percent of these studies are, of course, from “known” miscarriages”

    According to one medical site I read the Medical industry has moved to no more then 20 weeks as “ miscarriage” plus 20 weeks as “still birth” and eliminated “ natural abortion” because the contagion of “ choice” is strongly associated with abortion.

  206. p.g.sharrow says:

    7 of 10 pregnancies end in miscarriages or still births. Guess even GOD uses abortion to cull his flock. “Only the strong Survive”

  207. another ian says:

    A fair bit of reading here

    “(UPDATED) Exclusive Summary: Covid-19 Vaccine Concerns”


  208. David A says:

    I misspoke sone wha, so best to copy paste…
    “ Miscarriages are extremely common, despite public perception that pregnancy loss is rare. Approximately 10-20% of pregnancies confirmed by testing result in a miscarriage by 13 weeks GA, but estimates are as high as 31% to 50% when including individuals who miscarry before knowing they are pregnant.1 The vast majority of all pregnancy losses occur before 13 weeks (~80%). Pregnancy loss later in pregnancy is less common; approximately 1% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage between 13-20 weeks and less than 1% of pregnancies end in stillbirth after 20 weeks. Miscarriages are increasingly common as maternal age increases (Figure 1). A significant portion of women will experience a pregnancy loss in their lifetime, but most will go on to have healthy pregnancies thereafter”


  209. another ian says:

    When you look at things around the world –

    R.V. Jones “Most Secret War” (About 1930)

    “T.C. Keeley was my tutor and in addition to physics he offered wisdom. He warned us that if another war broke out there would be s disastrous period for six months while those who had reached high positions on inadequate abilities in peacetime would have to be replaced”.

    A very long list already IMO

  210. H.R. says:

    @another ian – re those in high positions on inadequate abilities:

    Not exactly what T.C. Keeler was referring to, but when the ‘common man’ en masse reach the point of nothing left to lose, it always comes to a bad end for the elites.

  211. p.g.sharrow says:

    The Elites are screaming that the unwashed deplorables are Domestic Terrorists out to get them and count on the police and military to protect them. The Police and Military that they have been crapping on! Even Hitler was smart enough to lavish praise and money on them.

  212. E.M.Smith says:


    I’m buying every other molecule…

    Florida Friend owns every other every other molecule…

    Sea Trial / inspection to happen in a few days, then we’ll know if it is a “done deal” or not.


    Yes, the Mrs. knows. Every day I’m on the boat, she gets a DisneyWorld pass…

  213. another ian says:

    “British Medical Journal on Facebook “fact check” ‘… inaccurate, incompetent and irresponsible’ ”


  214. another ian says:

    “Neil Oliver Interviews Dr Robert Malone
    December 19, 2021 | Sundance | 5 Comments”


  215. Compu Gator says:

    another ian commented on 19 December 2021 at 11:41 am UTC [*]:

    R.V. Jones “Most Secret War” (About 1930)
    “T.C. Keeley was my tutor and in addition to physics he offered wisdom. He warned us that if another war broke out there would be [a] disastrous period for six months while those who had reached high positions on inadequate abilities in peacetime would have to be replaced”.

    Ummm, if the intended context is after “About 1930“, thus the outset of World War II, the “inadequate abilities” were confounded by purges of “high positions“,  rationalized as cases of insufficient loyalty, e.g.:

    Stalin’s purge of Soviet Army officers & scientists in the 1930s, based on his paranoia about leaders who might be able to replace him. Lack of evidence was not treated as lack of guilt; outright lies were adequate to assign guilt [🚀]. That paranoia left Stalin, ummm, rather short of skilled officers to resist Hitler’s 1941 invasion.

    Hitler’s purge of the Third Reich’s military officers who refused to take an oath of personal loyalty to Hitler, over & above their professional loyalty to the Reich. Hitler was fortunate that some survivor of his purge knew where the details of the W.W. I.  Von Schlieffen Plan had been filed.  Prussia had been the leading state in the successful 19th-C. push for independent Germanic states to reünify into the Second Reich. Their Prussian officer corps gained a stature as a German upper class unto themselves, which, I suppose, predated the Second Reich (i.e., the German Empire of the kaisers) [⚔]. Their soldiers had beaten the Austrian Empire of Franz Joseph and his allies (ca. 1866), and not quite 1/2 decade later, beaten the oddsmakers’ favorite French Empire (1870–1871) of Napoleon III and his allies.

    Neither dictator’s purge had been focused on clearing out the accumulated peacetime deadwood having abilities inadequate for wartime. I suppose that the brilliant & effective military minds lost are listed in some Ph.D. dissertations filed away somewhere.

    Note * :  https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2021/11/26/w-o-o-d-24-november-2021/#comment-153056.

    Note ⚔ :  It’s been said that while France is a country with a military, Prussia was a military with a country.

    Note 🚀 :  E.g., even the eventual “Chief Designer” of Soviet rockets: Sergei Korolev, was sent to the Gulags (he was convinced that his rival Valentin Glushko: chief designer of Soviet rocket engines, was the rat). Korolev’s potential absence could have had a major impact on the Soviet-U.S. Space Race, including purely military rockets. But I digress.

  216. another ian says:

    Re Compu Gator says:
    20 December 2021 at 12:12 am

    I’d take it that was wrt a UK setting only

  217. Compu Gator says:

    But here in our modern 21st Century, it does seem that T.C. Keeley‘s warning applies to us in the U.S.A.:

    Obama & Biden’s de facto purge of ideologically-incorrect U.S. military officers. At least those officers (unlike the in cases above) were purged by involuntary retirement, not bullets. But certainly after the Afghanistan evacuation fiasco, it’s fair to worry whether the U.S. military was obeying thus-far secret orders from “The Big Guy, or has improbably been dumbed down. So we must also worry that U.S. officers remaining in “high positions” match the “inadequate abilities” shown by Usurpers Biden & Kamala Harris, plus the Biden Cabinet and Congressional members, notably A.O.-C.  Esp. when China, Russia, or the de facto Iran-North Korea alliance rattle their swords to evaluate U.S. responses to their own hostile plans.

    Which maybe was the point of the cited comment by another ian.

  218. another ian. says:

    Re Compu Gator says:
    20 December 2021 at 12:30 am

    Don’t think you have that all on your own – we have potential for an extensive list here in Oz. And at least some of us are watching the rest of the world with a sense of history.

  219. jim2 says:

    South Africa ministers announced the country is moving to stop contact tracing and quarantining of Omicron contacts. Healthcare experts discovered the Omicron is so weak that they do not need to trace the Omicron variant among the people.

    This is good news for those who believe that the Omicron will help with herd immunity.
    It’s bad news for Fauci and his political operatives pushing vaccinations.


  220. p.g.sharrow says:

    All, a friend dropped this into my in box;

    be worth your time to watch this piece…pg

  221. E.M.Smith says:


    Pretty much sums it all up nicely.

  222. Power Grab says:

    @ EM:

    Did you feel that recent earthquake?

  223. E.M.Smith says:

    @Power Grab:

    Nope. It’s too far away at about 300 miles near Petrolia Calif,, and only a 6.2 and offshore at that. Didn’t feel a thing.

  224. E.M.Smith says:

    It’s interesting how your perspective changes, living in quake country and having ridden a few. I don’t even notice a 3.x or 4.x if I’m right on top of it. A 5.x with me on top of it is a bit of fun. A 5.x a couple of dozen miles away is not noticed at all. A 6.x “nearby” (as in about 10 to 100 miles) can be mildly amusing. If at the upper end (like a 6.8) and inside 10 miles it’s a good strong ride and does some damage. Now a 7, that’s fun! I got my 7 badge and was about 15 miles from the epicenter too. Mild damage and a good ride, that one. I figure I’ll worry if we get anything about 7.6 or larger inside of about 40 miles.

    I’ve been right on top of a 5.1, IIRC and didn’t really notice it. Just a little bit of “did something happen?” feeling and some rattle noises from the kitchen… I’ve slept through a 5.2 10 miles away.

  225. another ian says:

    A comment at Jo Nova

    Santa- “What would you like for Xmas?”
    Boy – “A unicorn!”
    Santa – “Be realistic!”
    Boy – “A government that tells the truth and cares about its people”
    Santa – “What colour unicorn?”

  226. another ian says:



    This is what we’re told. But, here’s the problem…

    They’re not asking us to ‘trust the science’. They’re asking us to ‘trust the people who are telling us the science’.

    To qualify that further…

    They’re asking us to trust the representatives of pharmaceutical companies, repeatedly implicated in fraud and profiteering lawsuits resulting in billions of dollars in fines and damages.

    They’re asking us to trust medical bureaucrats who represent agencies and institutions funded and influenced by said pharmaceutical companies.

    They’re asking us to trust the doctors who are harassed and threatened with de-registration by said agencies and institutions.

    They’re asking us to trust politicians, so many of whom are known to lie, to be corrupt, to issue directives that undermine and exploit our society and environment, and to have financial interests in corporations that profit from these decisions.

    And finally…

    They’re asking us to trust the media, tech-giants and fact-checkers who offer these people a highly censored platform, while accepting funds and favours from the very organisations they represent. We have even had first hand experience of this, by being blocked on major social media sites many times over now for simply spreading this message of “ask better questions”.

    And despite these countless ‘conflicts of interest’…

    They will criticise us for questioning. For ‘doing our own research’. For verifying sources. For seeking full context rather than ‘cherry-picked’ data. For consulting other credible experts. For considering, rather than dismissing, contradictory information. For lending an ear to those who cry foul play. For weighing up a broader scope of data and perspectives to improve our chances of being ‘right’ while always leaving room for being ‘wrong’. This is what was formerly known as a ‘scientific approach’.

    And yet today, if we take such an approach, we’re a ‘conspiracy theorist’.

    Adam Gibson




  227. YMMV says:

    jim2: “Healthcare experts discovered the Omicron is so weak that they do not need to trace the Omicron variant among the people.”

    All the statements in that article were good, but I would go one step further. It is impossible to contact trace Omicron spread. Since you can have it without realizing it, you can also have a whole string of contacts between case A and case B, none of them any the wiser. And for a contact tracer, they would have to trace case B’s contacts, near contacts, and distant contacts, and for many steps back in the tree of potential contacts. Impossible to find the real source. But given that Omicron is so common, they could probably find many other unrelated cases. So what’s the point of trying?

    If Omicron spreads much more, it will be harder to find any non-cases…

    So there is no reason to seek it out to become immune, just wait. You might as well be prepared with Vit-D, Zn, IVM, etc.

    Why are all the smart “healthcare experts” iin South Africa?

  228. YMMV says:

    This article https://www.rt.com/usa/543327-adl-soros-fox-news/
    “ADL tells Fox News to remove Soros cartoon”
    goes to prove the point of the cartoon I think.

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) told FoxNews that “casting a Jewish individual as a puppet master who manipulates national events for malign purposes conjures up longstanding antisemitic tropes about Jewish power + contributes to the normalization of antisemitism. This needs to be removed.”

    I can’t know the details of whether Soros is still Jewish in any way or what he did during the war, but that he has enough money and influence to manipulate events big and small is hardly up for debate and if he happened to use that power for malign purposes, why should being Jewish be any protection from criticism? So was ADL bought by Soros?

    (I think Fox did quietly remove it then put it back, I’m not sure)

  229. another ian says:

    “Is the Tide Finally Turning Against the Irresponsible Elites?”

    “Some common sense is coming out of the Nordic countries:”


    Links to https://ncd2021.org/

  230. AC Osborn says:

    YMMV says: 21 December 2021 at 5:18 am
    Why are all the smart “healthcare experts” iin South Africa?

    Perhaps it is because they aren’t paid bundles of cash by big Pharma?

  231. another ian says:

    “The best explanation of the supply chain problem I’ve ever read”

    Link at


  232. another ian says:

    “CountryBumpkin said…

    Let me recap…..

    They’re telling the unvaccinated to take the vaccine because the vaccine works

    ..and they’re telling the vaccinated to get a booster because the vaccine doesn’t work

    All the while telling everyone that the unvaccinated are putting the vaccinated in danger by not getting a vaccine that didn’t protect the vaccinated!

    Yep…sounds right…….Baaaaaaaaaa!!!!”


  233. jim2 says:

    And while they are telling us the severity of Omicron is not known, they know for sure the vaccine will protect us from it! Don’t believe your lyin’ eyes!

  234. jim2 says:

    Lab studies reinforce the idea Omicron is milder, but scientists still won’t say UNCLE.


  235. YMMV says:

    jim2: Lab studies reinforce the idea Omicron is milder, but scientists still won’t say UNCLE.

    I’ve decided on my new T-shirt design:

    “I follow science!” – – – – – Down a rabbit hole.

    Actually, it’s worse than that. That assumes science is one single thing to follow. It’s more like the scene in the movies where the helicopter is following the van with the money in it until it suddenly becomes two identical vans heading off in different directions.

    Follow every fool in a white lab coat? Nah.

    This one may be on to something though.
    “Top Russian expert delivers verdict on origins of Omicron”

    Although Omicron suddenly popped up out of nowhere with too many mutations, it did seem far-fetched that the Chinese communists developed and put out the anti-Covid Covid virus.
    So this makes sense.

    Gintsburg also hasn’t ruled out the possibility that Covid-19 could jump from humans to animals, mutate, and then come back into humans. “In general, coronaviruses develop brilliantly in animals, multiplying, living, and mutating in them,” he specified.

    “And we don’t know the number of times this coronavirus has moved between wild animals,” the academic went on, explaining that “when close contacts exist between the animal world and people, as in Africa, the crossing of a mutated virus into a human can lead to these sorts of fascinating and, for the human population, grievous consequences.”

    Many viruses came to us from animals, even bats. But this does not change my opinion that a certain lab in China aided by a certain Fauci helped get a bat virus into humans in the first place.

  236. Ossqss says:

    I hope it works. >>

  237. H.R. says:

    @Ossqss – Beaker was one of my favorite muppets. The other was the Swedish chef.

  238. Ossqss says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday to all, while I still can say/type it!

  239. jim2 says:

    Merry Christmas!

  240. jim2 says:

    South Africans contracting Covid-19 in the current fourth wave of infections are 80% less likely to be hospitalized if they catch the omicron variant, compared with other strains, according to a study released by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.


  241. jim2 says:

    Across our great nation, Doctors, Nurses, and Pharmacists are having their rights stripped away by corrupt state and government actors.

    We’re here to stand up for your rights to practice safe, effective medicine and serve your patients. The time is now to band together and take action in defense of our Constitutional Medical Rights.

    AFLDS is opening its first medical clinic in the coming months, with many more planned shortly after. We would like to hear from you!


  242. jim2 says:

    This development may be too late, but it does look interesting.

    Unlike most currently available vaccines, which use mRNA to trigger the immune system, this shot would work by injecting a molecule that looks a little like a 24-faced soccer ball, according to Defense One.

    Each face of the “ball” would carry a bit of the spike protein that can trigger the body to mount a protective immune response.

    This allows scientists to attach the spikes of multiple coronavirus strains on different faces of the “ball,” so the body could protect against several variants at once, instead of having to take a separate dose for each variant.


  243. YMMV says:

    jim2: Unlike most currently available vaccines, which use mRNA to trigger the immune system, this shot would work by injecting a molecule that looks a little like a 24-faced soccer ball,

    I did not know that US Army was into vaccine research. Using bits of the spike protein(s) would be better than using whole spike proteins, true. Would arranging them on a soccer ball be better? Somehow I doubt it. But this article direct from the Army has the links to published papers:

    “Series of preclinical studies supports the Army’s pan-coronavirus vaccine development strategy”

    “Spike Ferritin Nanoparticle (SpFN) COVID-19 vaccine developed by researchers at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR)”

    Scientists in WRAIR’s Emerging Infectious Diseases Branch (EIDB) developed the SpFN nanoparticle vaccine, based on a ferritin platform, as part of a forward-thinking “pan-SARS” strategy

    WRAIR developed a secondary candidate vaccine, a SARS-CoV-2 Spike Receptor-Binding Domain Ferritin Nanoparticle (RFN) vaccine, which targets a smaller part of the coronavirus Spike protein than the SpFN vaccine.

    Ferritin is a blood protein that stores and releases iron.

    I guess it does look like a soccer ball.

    I wonder if they have looked at the Drug Which Must Not Be Named?

  244. Jon K says:

    Interesting. The AA sequence for the Moderna and Phizer are exactly the same.

  245. jim2 says:

    YMMV – The advantage enabled by the “soccer ball” is it makes available multiple sites for various versions of the spike protein. IMO, they should try each version on a few animal models looking for potential problems, but this looks like an advantage. Also, computers have gotten fast at protein folding, so future mutations could be tried and used to make spikes. There could even be more versions of spikes that the number of sites on one “ball.” Nothing says you have to make all the balls the same.

    This could confer broad immunity to spike proteins and also reduce the probability of ADE.

  246. p.g.sharrow says:

    As long as they can keep this plandemic going, they have an unlimited supply of Human rats to test novel drugs on. Far better then using rare and expensive Apes or other test animals first.

  247. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like it is time for me to put up the Christmas Posting ;-)

  248. cdquarles says:

    The US Army has been interested in infectious diseases for more than a century, and maybe nigh on two centuries now; and sure, they’ve been interested in vaccines at least since the 1918 flu and the smallpox stuff. I may be misremembering, but I think the US Commissioned Public Health Service Corps folk (see US Surgeon General) are an official military branch, too, shared with the other branches direct medic corps.

  249. cdquarles says:

    True; but may also enhance antibody dependent enhancement, too.

  250. H.R. says:

    Yay! Watching one of my all-time favorite movies, Second Hand Lion.

    Never saw it on the big screen. We stumbled across it years ago and have been lucky enough to catch it on TV twice again. And now it’s on tonight!

    Bye, y’all. Got me some Teeee-Veeee to watch. Yee haw!

  251. Ossqss says:

    Well, is there any wonder why we had a Covid issue in the NFL recently? What could go wrong, 35CT counts for a PCR test. Go figure. One wonders if the same holds true with recent testing for the Omicron cold positive spike. Is the NFL following CDC guidelines? Remember when the CDC stopped their 40 CT edict earlier this year, and started using a 28 CT for breakthrough infections? OK, maybe I am overreacting, but history tells a tale.


  252. another ian says:

    A new term


    And its origin

    “Adopted with thanks from a commentor on Conservative Woman.”


  253. another ian says:

    Solid government statistics (/s)

    “Joe Biden Says 200 Million Americans Vaccinated, Amid U.S. Population of 350 Million
    December 22, 2021 | Sundance | 105 Comments”


    Check the numbers

  254. another ian says:

    “You’ve got to hand it to China. It’s out to exploit everything!”


  255. jim2 says:

    n September, the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) indicated that Tesla was well below average in this sphere, and a few weeks ago we covered a story comparing a 2021 Model 3 to a 2022 car, and the difference in build quality was shocking (the newer car was worse off). Tesla is also facing serious recalls across the globe, and in a further hit to its brand image, a man from Finland has just blown up his Model S with a doll of Elon Musk sitting inside.


  256. philjourdan says:

    @jim2 – Take the money and run.

    But I would take it with a grain of salt. If Musk was still toeing the liberal line, I doubt any of the stories would see the light of day.

  257. YMMV says:

    @jim2, “The advantage enabled by the “soccer ball” is it makes available multiple sites for various versions of the spike protein.”

    Could be, but at present I would rate it as an idea worth trying without expecting too much.
    I couldn’t imagine why multiple versions of the spike protein arranged on a soccer ball shape would be any better than just multiple versions of the spike protein any old way. The part that I do pick up on is multiple versions of spike proteins. So far, there has been talk of special vaccines for new variants. Talk but no action. Whether anything will happen or whether it will happen after the whole pandemic is over, those are open questions.

    There are two types of people … Those who focus on the task and can ignore everything else, concentrating on one thing. And those who have situational awareness. Guess which is more likely to be blind-sided. “I didn’t see that coming!” Well, duh, you weren’t looking.

    I’ve been in countries where there are lots of guards with machine guns. They do it a bit differently in Morocco. There they have a pair of guys with machine guns, the military type you would expect, and walking with them is a third person, more of a civi kind of guy. His role is to be the eyes, the spotter. A team. Brawn and brain, working together.

    So here we have over-focus on vaccines, ignoring everything else. IVM purposely ignored. Other things like fluvoxamine lost in all the noise. Even simple things like Vit-D and Zn, hidden in plain sight.

    FLCCC has a great new video on YouTube about Ivermectin. Historical info about its discovery and development. No “wild” claims about Covid, so YouTube will have a hard time taking this one down. “What is Ivermectin?”

    @cdquarles, “The US Army has been interested in infectious diseases for more than a century, ”

    Good point, and I am sure they have some good people. I just didn’t expect them to be actually developing a vaccine. Good to know that not everybody there is doing Woke studies and fighting climate change. If the Chinese military is studying viral warfare, it is probably even necessary.

  258. another ian says:

    “FDA Announces Approval for Two COVID Therapeutic Oral Medications in Last 24 Hours
    December 23, 2021 | Sundance | 36 Comments”


    I guess there will be a few FOI’s before you get to read all about it

  259. another ian says:

    “It’s a Pandemic of the Vitamin D Deficient: A few dollars of D3 in hospital reduced deaths 60%”


    And more there

  260. philjourdan says:

    @Another Ian – I chose my doctor well! He has had me on 5000 iu of D3 since last year. And it is not because I do not get out in the sun (I am darker than my wife who is 2nd Gen Mexican).

  261. E.M.Smith says:


    Um, there’s also a 3rd kind (my kind…). I can do the hyperfocus as needed, or what in karate class was called “splatter vision” (extreme situational awareness where you focus on nothing and see everything in a kind of soft focus).

    I swap between them as needed and appropriate. I can do hours “down the rabbit hole” on a tech issue as needed; or can swap in seconds from concentration to “full view” when something “odd” causes an alert.

    Some training was involved…

    Many human abilities are subject to enhancement with practice. Over the last 15 years of extended coast to coast driving, I’ve moved from “7 or 8 hours sleep at a shot every day or at most two” to “I can do a 20 minute ‘twilight’ with rhythmic breathing and be good for a couple of hours more, or 4 hours sleep anywhere in 24 hours is FINE indefinitely”. I’ve learned to “sleep faster”…

    This is a well known thing, BTW. In WWII there were stories of soldiers sleeping while marching. The column would hit a curve and they would keep marching straight off the road into “whatever” and wake up. I’ve had W.W.II veterans tell me stores of going days on “cat naps”. Edison is reputed to have done the same.

  262. YMMV says:

    “Um, there’s also a 3rd kind”

    Ah, I see I had the tendency to see things binary (what used to be called in black and white), when in fact there is a continuum, 1 D. Or maybe even 2 D in this case, with special training or abilities. The ability to ignore big distractions, but yet still be aware of the little important points around you.

    @another ian, “FDA Announces Approval for Two COVID Therapeutic Oral Medications in Last 24 Hours

    “works by introducing errors into the SARS-CoV-2 virus’ genetic code”
    That’s the FDA talking. My opinion: avoid at all costs.
    “molnupiravir may cause fetal harm when administered to pregnant individuals”
    and they note that even the male should not be taking it if there is a chance of pregnancy.
    “There are no adequate, approved and available alternatives to molnupiravir for the treatment of COVID-19.” …. they say with a straight face.

    Other reports say that the statistics on that trial were flawed. More on this below.

    Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir tablets and ritonavir tablets, co-packaged for oral use)
    My opinion: it may work, but IVM is cheaper and may work in more ways.
    “Ritonavir may cause liver damage”

    Molnupiravir trials

    The MOVe-Outtrial run by Merk originally showed a 50% reduction in hospitalization in an interim analysis, however, this was later reduced to30% once full data was collected and released (14-16) Merck has made the decision to not proceed with phase three of theMOVe-IN study in 16 countries, due to data showing no clinical benet of molnupiravir in hospitalized patients (34). Additionally,two late-stage trials of molnupiravir based in India have been discontinued due to lack of signicant ecacy in treating moderatepatients (35, 36).


    Meeting shows molnupiravir reducing the risk of hospitalization by 30%, down from the original estimate of 50% (15,16). In theMOVE-OUT trial there were 48/709 (6.8%) patients with hospitalization or death in the molnupiravir arm, versus 68/699 (9.7%) inthe placebo arm. This difference is at borderline signicance by a standard Fisher’s Exact test. In this trial, one patient in theplacebo arm was lost to follow up but was classied as hospitalized or dead in the Merck analysis, using a “missing equalsfailure” approach (16). However, in a sensitivity analysis where this missing data was removed, the difference between the armswas no longer statistically signicant. The comparison was then 68/699 versus 47/708, with a p value of 0.065 from a Fisher’sExact Test. Three clinical trials of molnupiravir in hospitalized patients have shown no clinical benet: MOVE-IN and two trialsconducted in India (3, 35, 36). Importantly, none of the main clinical trials of molnupiravir has been published in a peer reviewedjournal and none of the patient-level databases is available for independent checks on the risk of bias or medical fraud. Anotherexample of this is the Hetero interim trial results from India released by press report with no corresponding publication (45).

  263. Ossqss says:

    If I am understanding this correctly, the vax has an inverted impact with the new variant after a period of time? Am I reading this correctly? Maybe I just need more coffee….. that can’t be right..


  264. Ossqss says:

    London Hospitals are filled with Covid patients (broken news), well, here is the rest of the story.


  265. jim2 says:

    Despite widespread optimism following the study results, some experts have raised concerns about the safety of a drug that works by causing mutations.

    As molnupiravir causes viral RNA to mutate, there are concerns that it might cause mutations in host cells, as well. One study in animal cell cultures found mutations in cells treated with molnupiravir.

    This has led to worries that the drug might cause cancers or birth abnormalities. The authors of the animal cell study recommend that this mutagenic potential be assessed in vivo, focusing on rapidly dividing cells. Additionally, they recommend monitoring to assess potential genotoxicTrusted Source side effects.


  266. jim2 says:

    YMMV – I was wondering why the “soccer ball” also. It appears attaching the receptor binding domain part of the spike protein to the soccer ball enhances effectiveness about 100 times. The SpyTag/SpyCatcher technique is simply a method to assemble molecules – a fanciful name, but kind of misleading. The SpyTag in this case is the RBD protein.


    More on I Spy …

  267. Ossqss says:

    Please forgive me in advance :-)

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  269. E.M.Smith says:


    You are very forgiven ;-) !!

  270. jim2 says:

    But the researchers at the institute said that while the variant appears to be more contagious than the Delta variant, it does not appear to be as strong. They predict Omicron will lead to fewer deaths and hospitalizations. “Omicron’s hospitalization rate is about 90 to 96 percent lower than Delta, which rampaged through much of the US in August,” the Daily Mail reported on Thursday.

    What’s more, up to 90% of those who contract the variant will never know they have Omicron, said the Mail.


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